Continuing tension created by the wild fear of an imaginary violent gang of robbers has triggered yet another clash between villagers and police. On Sunday night at Dall village near Khalra in this district, a mob on "thikri pehra" (night patrol) pelted police with stones and even made some of them captive before the force opened fire to control the situation.
With rumours about a gang active in the Majha region, villagers come out at night for patrol, and in the past also, they have clashed with police in Amritsar district.
The clash at Dall happened when the villagers stopped a police party led by assistant sub-inspector Sahib Singh and accused the force of being hand in glove with the gang. They, later, attacked the team with batons, sharp-edged weapons, and stones. After they had damaged some police vehicles and held a few officers captive, police had to open fire.
Nirmal Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Khalra, who had gone to rescue his colleagues, was also attacked with stones. Later, he said police had registered a case against nearly 60 people and arrested 17, including a woman. Earlier, similar clashes were reported from Khurd, Batala and Kotla Tarkhana.