A police inspector was thrashed and his service revolver snatched by a criminal gang on Friday night in Bathinda.
Inspector Karamjit Singh was on way to meet his friend when near the railway under bridge of Paras Ram Nagar, the Bheema gang pounced on him and took away his 9mm official pistol, senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar has confirmed.
"The attackers' intent was to steal the pistol," said the SSP. "The policeman took severe injuries in the attack. We have registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 394 (injuring target during robbery), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 34 (crime with common intent) against five people. Main suspects Bheem Singh Bheema, Nishant, and Anil are under arrest, and a hunt is on for suspects Shama and Vipin Kumar.
The first criminal case against Bheema was registered in 1999. Since then, he is charged with more than a dozen crimes such as snatching, robbery and rape. He once escaped the police custody.
Reacting to a query about the attack on a police officer by the son of a local member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), SSP Brar said every crime would be dealt with seriously, regardless of the culprit's status.
Superintendent of police (detective) Amarjeet Singh, deputy superintendent of police (detective) Ranjit Singh, DSP (city) Gurmeet Singh, and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Patil Ketan were present.