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Jobless Ambala man slaps woman MLA, kin cite mental health issues

August 13, 2019 06:14 AM


Jobless Ambala man slaps woman MLA, kin cite mental health issues
Jaskaran Singh TNN


A man was arrested for slapping Mullana MLA Santosh Sarwan on Monday during her visit to Sardheri village of Ambala district on Monday.

The man, identified as Talwinder Singh, 27, was assaulted by the supporters of the MLA and the villagers before police took him into custody.

The police said Talwinder is unemployed and the reason behind the attack is yet to be ascertained. Following the incident, Ambala superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Jorwal and Naraingarh deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Amit Kumar Bhatia also reached Mullana to assess the ground situation.

Talwinder’s mother Jasbir Kaur told TOI, “My son is suffering from a psychiatric problem and he is undergoing treatment for seven years now. We have provided his medical history and reports to the police. He went to the event to eat pakoras, but I am unable to understand why he did such an act. In the past, he had vandalized a bus and he often used to attack some villagers as well. We accept that our son has done a big mistake, but the villagers have beaten him brutally. They had no right to do so.”

She said Talwinder passed his Class XII and later took admission in a college in Ambala to pursue bachelor’s in science, but he had to discontinue due to his mental illness.

On the complaint of Sardheri sarpanch Jal Singh, a case was registered against Talwinder under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC at the Mullana police station.

Jal stated in his complaint, “On Monday, Talwinder came out from the crowd and slapped the MLA under a well-planned conspiracy and threatened her with dire consequences. Talwinder has maligned the image of our village by slapping the MLA.”

Ambala SP Jorwal said, “The accused was rounded up on the spot by the police and his medical has been conducted. A case has been registered and further investigation will be done to ascertain why he attacked the MLA.”

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