Punjab police have arrested seven suspects in connection with an alleged attack on a policeman and others at a vegetable market in Patiala on Sunday morning. The suspects, donning the robes of Nihangs, were arrested from a Gurdwara in Balbera village. Commenting on the development, KBS Sidhu, Punjab Special Chief Secretary said one of the suspects was injured in police firing and has been rushed to the hospital. The operation was supervised by IG Patiala Zone, Jatinder Singh Aulakh, he added. The incident took place when restrictions are in place in the state due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
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.
Gupta spoke to PGI's Director who has deputed top plastic surgeons of PGI for the police officer's surgery, which has begun.
The DGP said that the Nihang group will be arrested and action will be initiated against them soon.
Meanwhile, Patiala MP and wife of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Preneet Kaur, called the condemned the incident and said that an attempt to murder case has been lodged and strictest action is being taken against the accused.
"I have spoken to doctors at PGI and surgery of ASI Harjeet Singh has already started. Police have registered an attempt to murder case against the accused. This behaviour is highly condemnable and the strictest action is being taken," she tweeted.
A policeman's hand was chopped off and few others were injured when a group of Nihangs (an armed order of the Sikh community) allegedly attacked them at a vegetable market in Punjab's Patiala district on Sunday, police said.
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