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'Slapping' Punjab sarpanch in denial as case is filed against him

Muktsar (Punjab), Tue, 06 Dec 2011 ANI

Muktsar (Punjab), Dec.6 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal sarpanch Baljinder Singh on Tuesday remained defiant and claimed that he had not slapped a non-permanent female teacher at a function held in Punjab's Muktsar district.


He told Times Now: "I didn't intend to slap her, she did not silently protest. She was using abusive language. So, I told her not to speak like that and told her to leave. I have not done anything wrong. I didn't slap her, I told her very politely to leave. I put my hand on her shoulder to move her, but she was pushed by mistake."


"I didn't slap her. You can look at the newspaper picture. I put my hand on her shoulder and told her to move back. Why should the police take action against me, what is there to apologise? I haven't even hit her. She should apologise. She tried to disrupt our Panchayat, so why shouldn't I try to prevent it? I didn't do anything wrong, she came to lodge a protest, so I've asked her why she's doing this?," he added.


Varinder Kaur was part of a delegation of teachers who wanted to meet Bhatinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the wife of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at the function on Monday.


A scuffle broke out between the teachers' delegation, which wanted to submit a memorandum to Kaur demanding regularization of their job. Akali Dal workers wanted the delegation to leave the place.


Baljinder Singh, the sarpanch of Daula village, caught hold of Varinder Kaur and slapped her many times, Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Teachers Association President Pritpal Singh said.


Police said a case has been registered against members of both parties.


The incident drew condemnation from across the political spectrum in and the state government ordered lodging of a case against the sarpanch. (ANI)


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