Additional DC injured in an attack

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Kaithal, Sep 24 (UNI) Additional Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Verma was injured when he was attacked by a person in a mob which blocked traffic on the Chandigarh-Hisar national highway in Kalayat town of this district late last evening.

Mr Verma sustained fractures in the fingers of his both hands and head injuries. He is reported to be out of danger and his condition is stable.

The mob resorted to a 'rasta roko' agitation in protest against the alleged "failure" of the administration to rush divers to the spot where a 15-year-old boy had drowned.

The boy, who has been identifeid as Ashok, was reportedly bathing in the flood water accumulated on the Kalayat-Balu road when he was swept away by strong currents of water. The area was flooded following the break of the barrage on the Kharak drain.

The ADC and DSP (headquarters) Ram Rattan alongwith a police force reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation. However, the body of boy was fished out by two residents after hectic efforts of about three hours.

The ADC while talking to mediapersons alleged that the attack on him seemed to be pre-planned. He said that a woman came to him and asked him to come to the spot where the mother of the deceased was sitting. When he came and tried to console her sitting near her on the road, a man, who has since been identified, attacked him with a metal stick.

Mr Verma said that there seemed to be no provocation for the attack as he had already accepted the demands of the agitators. He said that the residents were demanding the repair of the Kharak drain and construction of a nullah for proper drainage of water.

Later Deputy Commissioner Vikas Gupta and SP Sultan Singh too visited the spot and alongwith ADC and the DSP and pacified the mob and made them call off their five-hour long blockade.

The SP said that two cases had been registered in connection with the incident.


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