Assistant sub-inspector Gurbhachan Singh and home guard Sukhchain Singh were assaulted by ten people and their motorcycles stolen when they raided an illegal sand mining site at Jhanda Bhagga village in Zira sub-division.
The duo had proceeded to the site on a tip-off and found that more than ten armed people were loading sand into trolleys. They were attacked and their uniforms torn when they challenged the law-breakers.
By the time reinforcements arrived, the accused had vanished, taking away their bikes (PB-05-M-0297) & (PB-47-C-5087) of duo cops.
The police have registered a case under the Mining and Mineral Act, 1957, and several Sections of the IPC against Saraj Singh Nambardar, Lubi Singh, Nishan Singh, Hari Singh, Mander Singh, Gurbhagat Singh, Shinder Singh and Gurmeet Singh, all residents of Jhanda Bhagga village, besides five unidentified people.
Ferozepur SSP Manminder Singh said that a search was on for the accused and rubbished any suggestions of political interference in the matter.