Punjab: A policeman’s hand was chopped off and two other police officials were injured when a group of people allegedly attacked them at Sanaur vegetable market in Punjab’s Patiala district on Sunday, police said.
The ‘Nihangs’ then fled to Gurdwara Khichri Sahib, where, after an initial standoff, the police managed to arrest all the ‘Nihangs’.
They will now be taken to Crime Investigation Agency of the Punjab Police for interrogation.
Two of them still not cooperating and shouting religious slogans and anti-police slogans.
They say they fear no one and did what was right justifying their act of chopping off the hand of an on-duty ASI.
The police are yet to search the residential premises near he gurdwara for arms owned by these Nihangs. About 100 cops have been deployed and await orders in this regard.
Police teams, led by Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu, are at Gurdwara Khichri Sahib and have been urging the ‘Nihangs’ to surrender. Police have sealed the area around the gurdwara and the village with three-tier security so that no one can escape.
“Our teams have surrounded the gurdwara where the accused are. We are requesting them to give up and come outside. However, they are yet to surrender,” Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta told The Tribune.
Senior officers at the scene said that the total number of armed ‘Nihangs’ inside the gurdwara is not known.
“In addition to the four or five accused who had attacked our police teams, we do not know how many others are inside. We have requested them through various channels for them to surrender,” said an official.
“Announcements have been made using loudspeakers and also requests by many other Nihangs leaders, including Baba Balbir Singh head of the Buddha Dal Nihang faction—one of the biggest and richest in the country, but the accused have not turned out,” said the official.
A group of five ‘Nihangs’, armed with swords and iron rods, were travelling in a vehicle and they were asked to stop at a vegetable market by Mandi board officials.
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“They were asked to show curfew passes. But they crashed the vehicle against the gate and barricades put up there,” Mandeep Singh Sidhu, SSP, Patiala, said.
They did not follow basic rules of staying away from each other. Later they had a tiff with Mandi Board officials who refused to allow them to buy stuff without standing in a queue, said Sidhu.
“When the police asked them for curfew passes, they attacked the cops inside and outside at the market. They even banged their car in the police barricade and then got off the vehicle to attack cops with swords and rods,” stated the SSP.
chopped off by a sword, while two others sustained injuries on their elbows and arms, Sidhu said.
The Nihangs fled the scene after the attack, the SSP said.
Meanwhile, the two injured cops have been shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh, for treatment.
The police have registered an attempt to murder case against the accused.
via Aman Sood Tribune Chandigarh