A group of protesters, said to be farmers, threw a black-coloured liquid on the BJP MLA from Abohar on Saturday evening, allegedly thrashed him and tore his clothes when he was travelling to the venue of a scheduled press meet at Malout town in Muktsar district, Punjab. A police official fell to the ground while trying to save the legislator from the protesters’ ire. The melee continued for 15-20 minutes before police were able to rescue the MLA, Arun Narang, and take him to the safety of a shop about 100 metres from the BJP office. Narang told media that he was “punched” by some people. “I was punched a lot and my clothes were also torn off,” he alleged. An FIR has been registered against 250-300 unknown protesters under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). An investigation is underway to identify the accused, police said.