Punjab Armed Police (PAP) assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Joginder Singh was injured after a resident of Kokri Buttran village, 23km from the district headquarters Moga, allegedly attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon as Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) team raided a premises after complaints of power theft.
Senior officials on the raiding special enforcement team fled the spot to save their lives.
The injured officer, hailing from Kale Ke village, was given first-aid at the community health centre of Dhudike village, and sent for further treatment at Dr Muthra Dass Civil Hospital in Moga. His condition was said to be stable.
It was learnt that executive engineer Jaswant Singh was leading a team comprising junior engineers Mandeep Singh and Daljit Singh that conducted the raid based on a secret input on power theft at a house in the village.
"We were inside the house to collect video evidence for a report when Hardev Singh charged at us with a gandasa (axe)," said executive engineer Jaswant Singh.
"We ran away but our security officer, ASI Joginder Singh, was injured in the attack."
A few months ago, Hardev Singh had attacked a sub-divisional officer (SDO) of PSPCL during the installation of an electricity meter outside houses in the village.
"We will file a police complaint," said the executive engineer. "The defaulter obstructed our officials on duty and tried to kill them."
SSP Surjit Singh Grewal confirmed that police at Mehana would investigate the matter, and that the suspect was likely to face arrest.