AGENCIES, Chandigarh: In a shocking incident, a group of ‘Nihangs’ (Sikhs armed with traditional weapons and dressed in loose blue top), on Sunday allegedly attacked a police team in Punjab’s Patiala district, on being asked to stop, thus chopping off a policeman’s hand and injuring two others.
The incident took place when a group of four-five ‘Nihangs,’ who were travelling in a vehicle, were asked to stop at a vegetable market at around 6:15 am by Mandi Board officials.
The group was asked to show their curfew passes but, instead of doing so, they crashed their vehicle into the gate and barricades put up there and proceeded to attack the officials.
In the attack, an Assistant Sub Inspector’s (ASI) hand was chopped off, while a Station House Officer (SHO) sustained an injury on his arm. A Mandi Board official, meanwhile, too, suffered an injury on his arm. The two injured policemen were rushed to PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Punjab police chief Dinkar Gupta told NDTV that a vehicle carrying Nihangs – a religious sect – had “crashed through several barricades on the periphery of the vegetable market” around 6 am. When the police team stopped them and demanded to see their curfew passes, the lockdown violators attacked the police party, he said.
“After a two-hour stand-off, a team of mediators headed by the local sarpanch, entered the gurdwara. After another half an hour the perpetrators surrendered. They came out carrying swords and knives. The police also recovered gas cylinders which could have been used as explosives,” Gupta added.