There was panic on the national highway and adjoining residential area after two groups of wine contractors opened fire here on Tuesday afternoon. The firing continued for around 20 minutes.
The Amritsar City police and the Amritsar rural police took about three hours to decide in whose jurisdiction the area fell. Later, the Amritsar rural police registered a case.
According to eyewitnesses, there were 30 vehicles belonging to one group parked outside a residential colony on the edge of the drain. Then people from the other group arrived on the scene and the two groups fired on one another.
When the police reached the place, there were a couple of vehicles on the spot having bullet marks as their occupants had fled the scene. A weapon was also found from one of the vehicles.
Om Parkash, a resident of Abohar, was injured in the firing as a bullet struck him in his foot. Eyewitnesses claimed that the firing lasted about 20 minutes.
Police claimed that it was clash between two wine contractors; they had also clashed in the city a few days ago.
Kamboj SHO Jagjit Singh said, "Firing took place between two groups of wine contractors. We have registered a case and strict action will be taken against the guilty."
Ved Parkash, a local said, "Any innocent person could have lost his life in the crossfire. Security needs to be tightened here."