Sukhbir Badal must immediately be arrested, demands Arvind Kejriwal


Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor, Arvind Kejriwal, has demanded immediate arrest of Punjab’s incumbent deputy chief minister senior Akali Dal leader, Sukhbir Badal for his alleged role in Bathinda blasts.

The blasts in Bathinda, a key city of Punjab’s Malwa region, had killed three people.

Kejriwal tweeted, “To ensure peaceful elections, sukhbir badal shud be immediately arrested. His role in yesterday’s blast b probed. He’ll cause more violence. Sukhbir Badal is hardened criminal who will go to any extent to ruin Punjab n its peace. EC MUST arrest him to ensure peaceful elections.”

Three persons were killed in an explosion in a car at Maur Mandi near here this evening.

“Three persons were killed in a blast in a Maruti car,” Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said. Those killed include two adults and a boy. Their identity has not been ascertained yet. It is not known what led to the incident, he said.

12 people have also been seriously injured in the explosion.

The incident took place near the venue of the road show of Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi, who is contesting the upcoming polls in the state from the Maur assembly seat.

The explosive, as reported by SDM Maur Latif Ahmed, was planted in a car at the spot.

Quoting police, Punjab’s Tribune newspaper reported that Congress office in-charge at Maur Mandi, Harpal Singh Pali, was among the dead.

Local residents claimed they heard three blasts followed by gunshots immediately after Jassi had winded up the rally.

Jassi’s driver Vicky called it a “planned attack.” Shrapnels and bolts were found inside a pressure cooker used in the blast. Police officials did not rule out the use of RDX.


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