Tension prevailed in Tarn Taran on Tuesday after armed assailants opened fire on the national highway and later in a police station, where they attacked a bus driver with a sharp-edged weapon.
The accused have been identified as Jaideep Singh, Avtar Singh, Jagraj Singh, Gurbinder Singh and Monti.
This is the second incident of firing in a public place here in the past few days. Earlier, an unidentified youth had shot a granthi dead on the premises of a historical gurdwara.
According to police sources, Iqbal Singh, working as a bus driver with a private transport agency, was coming from Abohar to Amritsar on Monday when the accused tried to overtake his bus. Later, they stopped the bus at the Tarn Taran bypass, where they had an altercation with Iqbal. They accused Iqbal of deliberately not allowing them to overtake and threatened him with dire consequences.
On Tuesday, when Iqbal took his bus through Tarn Taran, the accused chased him, allegedly started firing at the bus and broke its windscreen. The driver somehow managed to reach the police station at the Tarn Taran bus stand and lodged a complaint.
Meanwhile, the armed assailants entered the police station, attacked Iqbal with a sharp-edged weapon and opened fire in the presence of cops, who stood there as mute spectators. The accused easily managed to flee with none of the cops making an attempt to nab them.
The injured driver has been admitted to hospital. His condition is said to be stable. SHO Gurcharan Singh said that the accused chased the bus from the Goindwal Sahib railway crossing and fired in the air.
A case has been registered under sections 307, 427 and 506 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act. The SHO said the bus stand area was quite large and due to shortage of staff, it was not possible to keep a watch on all public activities.