In a major embarrassment to police, four armed gangsters fled in a cop’s car after opening fire at a police team that had come to nab them on Tuesday.
According to sources, a five-member police team of Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff, led by assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Pahara Singh, raided a house at Butter Kalan village in Moga district following a tip-off around 5.30am.
The ASI had come in his personal vehicle (Mahindra Xylo). As soon as the team reached the house, the four gangsters overpowered the cops after opening fire at them. The gangsters later fled in ASI’s Xylo.
The incident has left the force embarrassed with senior police officials feigning ignorance about it.
Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harjit Singh Pannu initially denied occurrence of any such incident, but after being countered with facts, he said an exchange of fire took place between cops and some miscreants. However, sources said the police team had failed to fire even a single round.
Later, the gangsters left the Xylo at an isolated place at Umarpura village in Jagraon.
Jagraon Sadar station house officer Vikramdeep Singh said the Xylo was taken away by a Moga police team.
Police have booked four persons identified as Manpreet Singh, Surjit Singh and Ranjit Singh, all residents of Butter Kalan village and Gagandeep Singh alias Gagna, resident of Jagraon, under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.