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The South Asian Insider

On camera: Congress leader's son assaults student in Punjab, state chief lauds act

A viral video of Punjab cops restraining a man has triggered outrage. The victim was identified as a Panjab University student, Narveer Singh Gill, and was allegedly assaulted by Udayveer Singh Randhawa, son of the state's former Deputy Chief Minister. (News Agency)A widely shared video on social media has sparked outrage after it showed Punjab Police personnel pinning down a person with his head down. As the video went viral, a Panjab University student, identified as Narveer Singh Gill, claimed he was the person who was being hit by Udayveer Singh Randhawa, son of former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. According to the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Chandigarh Police, the cops seen in the viral video were the security personnel of the former deputy CM.
The FIR also stated the incident took place on August 23, when Narveer Singh Gill and Udayveer Singh Randhawa were present at a restaurant.
In a statement, Gill claimed the video was shot by the accused as he continued to hit him in the head.
In the video, Udayveer Singh Randhawa could be heard saying, "You have been harassing me for three years". He continues to hit Gill even as cops asked him to stop. Following the incident, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring stirred a controversy after he was seen telling the accused to "not worry". He was also seen patting the accused Udayveer Singh Randhawa during a public gathering at Ferozepur.
"Where is the boy? Here he deserves applause. He is just 23. If he will not fight who will fight? Don't worry, be stronger, we will continue our fight like this," Amrinder Singh said during the rally.
Meanwhile, separate FIRs were registered by the accused and the victim in the case.While the victim claimed Udayveer held a personal grudge against him, the accused told police the victim had tossed his turban.Udayveer Singh was booked under Sections 341 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), while Narveer Singh Gill also faced charges under Section 506.
No arrests have been made in the case so far.The Akali Dal demanded the arrest of the accused, Udayveer Singh.
"He should be immediately arrested. The cops should also be booked," Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Badal told the media.