Chandigarh, Oct 12 (PTI) The vehicle of Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma was allegedly attacked by some protesting farmers at the Cholang toll plaza in Hoshiarpur district, police said on Monday evening.
Windowpanes of his car were damaged in this incident, though Sharma was safe, they said.
The incident took place when Sharma was going back to Pathankot from Jalandhar.
When his vehicle reached the Cholang toll plaza near Tanda, a group of protesting farmers shouted slogans and threw punches at the car’s windowpanes, Station House Officer (Tanda) Bikram Singh said.
Farmers had laid siege to the toll plaza on October 5, he added.
Ashwani Sharma claimed that baseball bats and stones were used to damage his vehicle and his gunmen took it to safety.
Sharma said attackers were not farmers and alleged that it was a planned attack.
“The attack was only to defame the farmers’ ongoing agitation,” he said.
Hoshiarpur Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal said the Punjab BJP chief was “perfectly alright”.
BJP workers and his supporters staged a dharna and blocked vehicular traffic for about 45 minutes at Dasuya on the Jalandhar-Pathankot GT road, demanding action against the culprits.
Ashwani Sharma lodged a complaint at the Dasuya police station in this connection.
Meanwhile, BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh condemned the incident and alleged that it was “engineered” by the ruling Congress.
“Those who attacked Ashwani Sharma are goons of the Congress-led government and wanted to give wrong direction to the farmers' protest,” said Chugh.
“Farmers do not resort to such attacks and there has been no such incident ever since their protest began,” said Chugh.
He said it was a “security lapse” on the part of the Punjab Police. PTI CHS CORR VSD RDK RDK