New Delhi, June 21 (PTI) The AAP today slammed the Congress government in Punjab over an alleged attack on its MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa by the goons of mining mafia in Ropar, and demanded that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh step down if he was “unable” to rein in sand mafia in the state. Also Read - Japanese Women's Team Pulls out of Asian Wrestling

Senior AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, today claimed that Sandoa was attacked by the goons of sand mining mafia near Nurpur Bedi in Ropar district, following which he was rushed to PGIMER in Chandigarh. Also Read - Fact Check: Heritage Sites Including Taj Mahal to be Given on Lease by Govt? Here's The Truth Behind Viral Claim

The AAP MLA’s turban was tossed up during the attack and even two of his security personnel were thrashed. Also Read - Bengal, Assam Round 2 Polling Today: All Eyes On Mamata Banerjee Vs Suvendu Adhikari In Nandigram

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashish Khetan said, “If the Congress government (in Punjab) is unable to rein in sand mining and other types of mafia who are in fact dominating the government, Amarinder Singh looses moral ground to rule and he should step down.” The AAP is only party in Punjab whose MLAs are raising their voice against mining mafia in the state, he said in Delhi.

“Sandoa was active in opposing sand mining mafia in the area and had stopped their activity four months back. He was attacked when he went there today,” the AAP spokesperson said.

The attack on the AAP MLA comes three days after two employees of the Punjab’s forest department were attacked by the sand mafia, even as four other officials had escaped with minor injuries.

Two officials, including a forest officer, were brutally thrashed by five to seven people with sticks and sharp-edged weapons on the night of June 18 when they intercepted a tractor-trolley near Seonk village in Mohali.

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