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Punjab women’s commission chairperson Manisha Gulati, who was travelling on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway was recently attacked by youths in two cars who chased her car and made obscene gestures at her and her son who was driving the car. The incident happened on Wednesday morning between Sonipat and Panipat in Haryana.

The concerning part of the incident was that Gulati was not alone and police escorts were accompanying her on the way when this happened. She was travelling in a Toyota Fortuner – a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the police escort vehicle was ahead of her car, she said. Two cars started following them and tried to overtake their vehicle. She told her son to let them go ahead, but the cars started tailing Gulati’s car.

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She told the media that one of the cars tried to hit the escort vehicle and even hurled abuses at them. “Then another car tried to hit our SUV and topple it. In the meanwhile, I rang up Panipat’s superintendent of police. As the two cars increased their speed, our SUV followed them while escort vehicle was a little behind. But, as we neared a toll point and saw a police vehicle stationed there, we stopped to lodge a complaint,” she added.

“Before turning in the opposite direction, occupants of one car tried to threaten us. We gave all the details to the police in our complaint. I also clicked a picture of one of the cars.”

But when the youths in the car saw the police, they ran off. “Before turning in the opposite direction, occupants of one car tried to threaten us. We gave all the details to the police in our complaint. I also clicked a picture of one of the cars,” she said.

Panipat’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, Satish Kumar said that the police has detained two men and are now questioning them.

Gulati clarified that she does not have enmity against anyone but since she is the chairperson of Punjab Women’s Commission, she is handling a few high-profile cases of inter-caste marriage. “In one of these two cases, some persons had earlier threatened me and some of my staff members,” Ms Gulati said.

Picture credit- Rozana Spokesman

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