Three to four shots were fired at an approaching highway patrolling party of Punjab Police on Saturday afternoon from a car parked on the wrong side of the Patiala road at Zirakpur in this district.
Somebody had tipped police about weapons on board this white Mitsubishi Lancer. When the cops spotted it near Gurdwara Nabha Sahib with a mud-covered registration-number plate, they pulled in front of it and moved in for search. This is when the four men inside opened fire.
The policemen were lucky not to be injured but the attackers got away, Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Deepinder Singh Dhillon has confirmed, adding that police also fired back. Police have sealed the area and started combing it. They have registered a case on the complaint of head constable Lekh Ram of the highway patrol.