Lockdown violators attack policemen in Punjab, Cop’s hand chopped off


A policeman's hand was chopped off and two other police officials were injured when a group of people allegedly attacked them in Punjab's Patiala district on Sunday.


The incident took place when restrictions are in place in the state because of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Dinkar Gupta, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police (ASI) Harjeet Singh's hand got cut off in the incident and he was immediately rushed to the PGI Chandigarh for surgery.

The DGP said that the Nihang group will be arrested and action will be initiated against them soon. He further said that all of them are praying for the ASI's full recovery.

According to the report from the police officials, a group of four-five 'Nihangs' (Sikhs armed with traditional weapons and dressed in loose blue top) were travelling in a vehicle and they were asked to stop at a vegetable market at around 6.15 am by the Mandi board officials.

"They were asked to show (curfew) passes. But they crashed the vehicle against the the gate and barricades put up there. The group then attacked the police personnel on duty," Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala, Mandeep Singh Sidhu said.

"An ASI's (Assistant Sub Inspector) hand was chopped off by a sword. A Station House Officer of Sadar Patiala sustained an injury on his elbow and anther official suffered an injury on his arm in the attack," Sidhu said.

The ASI was rushed to the Rajindra hospital where from he was referred to PGIMER in Chandigarh.

As per the report, the Nihangs fled the scene after the attack, efforts are on to arrest them.


With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Northeast Today


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