Haryana Congress chief injured as workers clash, recovering in hospital

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New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar was seriously injured on Thursday after a clash here between his supporters and those of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He was taken to hospital where doctors said he is out of danger.

Several other workers were also injured in the clash near Bhairon Mandir, a meeting point ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s rally at Jantar Mantar as the Congress Vice President reached the capital after his nearly-month-long Kisan Yatra across poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Tanwar was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for treatment.

“Tanwar was seriously injured and was vomiting. He has been shifted out of the ICU after initial treatment as he is out of danger,” RML Hospital spokesperson V.K. Sinha told IANS.

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Tanwar has been kept under observation and will not be discharged yet.

The 12-13 injured Congress workers were given first aid and discharged, Sinha said.

Senior Congress leaders including Gandhi, Kamal Nath and Deepender Singh Hooda visited Tanwar in hospital, but his supporters did not let the senior Hooda visit.

Delhi Police officials told IANS that the rival factions were separated from each other as soon as they began fighting, while no FIR was registered as no one came up with any formal complaint against anybody.

Meanwhile, Tanwar’s supporters went to Congress headquarters around past 10 p.m. to tender their resignations in protest against the incident.

Their resignation was rejected by party leadership, while senior leaders like Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Motilal Vohra and Ghulam Nabi Azad assured them of action against the guilty as a meeting will be held on Friday to discuss the issue.

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