In a bloody clash in Punjab, a police officer's hand was chopped off and other two police officials suffered grievous injuries on Sunday, April 12 when a group of people attacked them in Punjab's Patiala district on being asked about curfew permission.
At around 6:15 am, a group of five armed Nihangs (Sikhs armed with traditional weapons and dressed in loose blue top) who were travelling in a vehicle, were asked to stop at a vegetable market in Patiala by the Mandi board officials.
7 arrested from Gurudwara
Seven fugitives, donning the robes of Nihangs, have been arrested from Gurdwara in village Balbera. One was injured in police firing.
Punjab Chief Secretary KBS Sidhu took to Twitter and wrote: "7 fugitives, donning the robes of Nihangs, have been arrested from the Gurdwara in village Balbera. One of these was injured in the police firing and has been rushed to a hospital. The operation was supervised by IG Patiala Zone, Jatinder Singh Aulakh."
'They were asked to show the curfew pass'
"They were asked to show the curfew pass. They got angered and in retaliation, they attacked police personnel and government employees deployed there with sharp-edged weapons," a police official said. An Assistant Sub-Inspector's hand was chopped off, while two others sustained multiple injuries.
"In an unfortunate incident today morning, a group of Nihangs injured a few police officers and a Mandi Board official at Sabzi Mandi, Patiala. ASI Harjeet Singh whose hand got cut-off has reached PGI Chandigarh," Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta informed in a tweet. He said he was grateful to the PGI for full support.
"I have spoken to Director PGI who has deputed top Plastic surgeons of PGI for surgery, which just started. The Nihang group will be arrested and further action taken soon."
"Director PGI tells me that surgery has already started by two senior surgeons who will do their best. All of us praying to Waheguru for his full recovery!" he added. The police have rounded up the accused from a gurdwara.