Police have booked Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kabir Sharma and Youth Akali leader Rajbir Singh Bhullar and their accomplices for opening fire at city-based gastroenterologist Dr Gurbilas P Singh late on Sunday night. The Amritsar police are yet to make arrests in the case.
Kabir is said to be an associate of local bodies minister Anil Joshi.
Though the police have identified the two accused, they are yet to ascertain the identities of their accomplices.
Talking to Hindustan Times on Monday, police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal said, “Kabir and Rajbir have been charged with attempt to murder. However, the police are yet to identify their accomplices. The complaint was lodged by the doctor. The number of unidentified accused is still not clear, it may be three or four, but we will identify them soon.”
He added, “No arrests have been made so far, but we have started the investigation into the case. We have also conducted raids at several places,” the commissioner said, adding that the accused were under the influence of alcohol.
“Such cases take place when the youths have no fear of consequences. In the past, we have taken steps to check the increasing crime rate in the city. Installation of CCTV cameras has helped keeping vigil on anti-social activities. Strict action against people indulging in such criminal activities would be taken,” Chahal said.
At a time when such incidents are taking place in the city, it came as a surprise that assistant commissioner of police (ACP) (crime) Bal Krishan Singla, when contacted, said he had no knowledge about the case and therefore Civil Lines station house officer could be contacted.
The incident took place when Dr Gurbilas, on Sunday, drove towards Basant Avenue and was obstructed by a white Toyota Fortuner (PN-02-0047)) whose driver reportedly did not allow him to overtake. He honked twice and the SUV suddenly came to a halt, resulting in a collision.
According to reports, as Dr Gurbilas was parking his car at the roadside, a turbaned youth came out of the SUV and opened fire. Terrified, the doctor sped away. He was reportedly chased by the SUV occupants. As suggested by his friends, the doctor drove towards the DC’s residence and honked frantically to attract the attention of the police personnel there.
Reports added that the accused, meanwhile, reached the spot too and pointing a revolver at the doctor, they pulled him out and allegedly thrashed him.
However, a policeman, who came out of the DC’s residence, took him and his friends inside to save them.
Amritsar DC Varun Roojam, when contacted, said, “The doctor and his friends were helped by my security personnel. The doctor was brought to my residence and the personnel made him relax and helped him change his clothes and tie his turban.” He added, “This is an unfortunate incident. The FIR has already been lodged against the accused and others involved. I have spoken and discussed the cased with the police commissioner and I am sure he will be taking strict action as per law.”