AAP Legislator Faints After Being Allegedly Manhandled In Assembly

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AAP Legislator Faints After Being Allegedly Manhandled In Assembly

Sarabjit Kaur Manuke had been manhandled during a protest in the assembly, AAP said.

Chandigarh:  A woman legislator of the Aam Aadmi Party from Punjab fell unconscious after allegedly being manhandled by marshalls during a protest in the state assembly today. Sarabjit Kaur Manuke has been admitted in hospital.

AAP was staging a protest in the assembly over the suspension of two of its lawmakers -- Sukhpal Khaira and Simranjeet Bains. When the legislators walked into the well of the house, they were cornered by marshals and a scuffle started. In the commotion, Ms Manauke fainted. Some of the legislators said she had been hit on the head. The turban of AAP legislator Pirmal Singh came undone.

AAP said its legislators had been "shoved and manhandled" because they asked why the Congress was "getting sand contracts.
 
Just three months after coming to power, the Congress government of Amarinder Singh is battling corruption allegations. AAP has alleged that power minister Rana Gurjit Singh illegally awarded sand mining contracts to his aides.

Last month, 89 mines in Punjab had been auctioned. Four of them had gone to people linked to Rana Gurjit Singh. One of them is the power minister's former cook, 36-year-old Amit Bahadur. His 26.5 crore bid won him a sand mine in Nawanshahr district, about 100 km from the state capital Chandigarh.

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The minister, a sugar baron, was the richest candidate to contest the state election in February. He had declared assets of Rs 169 crore.

The Akalis, who had protested with AAP legislators, also said the assembly staff had manhandled the legislator.

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