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Kejriwal tenders apology to Bant, expels his assailants

Bathinda: After facing severe embarrassment from different quarters for taking two men who brutally attacked Punjabi Dalit activist and singer Bant Singh Jhabbar into the partyfold, the party chief Arvind Kejriwal is learnt to have tendered an apology to Bant Singh with a specific mention that the two persons in question were expelled after he learnt about the blunder.

The two persons in question were identified as Navdeep Singh, alias Appi, and his aide. After the uproar, the two were suspended on Monday, but on Tuesday, they were expelled.

Known as a firebrand poet, Bant Singh is a former CPI (ML) leader who has been singing ballads and songs for the past 40 years.

In January 2006, Bant Singh lost both his arms and a leg in a murderous assault by landlords in his native village of Jhabbar. The assault was said to have been a punishment for Bant’s fight for justice for his minor daughter who was gangraped. It was ironic to observe that Navdeep Singh and his aide joined the AAP at a Sunday event, where Bant had also pledged his support to the AAP. Both Navdeep and his aide – along with four others — were convicted for the crime but have been out on bail since 2010.

On Sunday, Navdeep had joined the party in the presence of Sanjay Singh and claimed that the party’s local candidate Nazar Singh Manshahia had promised to strike a compromise with Bant to withdraw the case.


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