After the video of four Sikh men being abused and thrashed at a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan went viral on social media, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday spoke to his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje Scindia, seeking her personal intervention in ensuring a thorough probe into the incident of alleged mob violence. In a statement released here, describing the reported incident as unfortunate, Capt. Singh said the Rajasthan government needed to fix culpability and ensure that the culprits are duly punished. Capt. Singh urged the Rajasthan Chief Minister to take stringent action against the constable who is said to have instigated the crowd, if found guilty. He also sought immediate steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Video goes viral Notably, a video of four Sikh men being abused and thrashed at a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan went viral on social media on Thursday. The incident took place in Chainpura village near Nasirabad on April 24, when the Sewadars of a gurdwara in Alwar district, led by Nirmal Singh Bakhar, visited the area seeking donations.Police caught unawaresCapt. Singh expressed shock at the fact that the incident did not come to the notice of the local police till the video surfaced on the social media.Capt. Singh said that even though the Rajasthan State Minorities Commission had reportedly taken cognisance of this video and sought a report on action taken by the Ajmer police, a strong signal need to be sent to the perpetrators of the violence by the political dispensation of the State.
Star drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continued his goal-scoring spree as India defeated Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B of the Asian Games men’s hockey competition, in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sandeep kept a cent per cent record in penalty corners on Sunday, converting the two short corners India earned in the day with precision in the 38th and 62nd minute to see his team finish the preliminary stage on an impressive note.However, it was captain Rajpal Singh (31st minute) who drew parity for India after Japan had surged ahead with a Hiroki Sakamoto strike in the 21st minute.And then seven minutes later Sandeep converted the first of his two set pieces with a fierce drag-flick to ensure his team a 2-1 lead at the breather.Crossing over, both the teams struggled hard for goals till the 62nd minute when Sandeep once again was bang on target from India’s second penalty corner.Japan, however, pulled one back a minute later through another field strike from Sakamoto.With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while arch-rivals Pakistan finished second with nine points.India will now take on the second placed team from Group A — the winners of the match between China or Malaysia later in the day — in the semifinals on November 24 while Pakistan will be up against formidable Korea.