A Home Guards jawan opened fire at a worker employed with a dhaba at Panam on Chandigarh Road, 3 kilometres from Garhshankar, late Saturday after he was asked to pay bill for the food that he and his colleague had there.
The bullet pierced through the employee’s left hand. Instead of taking action against the accused who was reportedly in an inebriated condition, the police took the dhaba owners (brothers) in custody but had to let them off under pressure.
On Sunday an attempt to murder case was registered against the Home Guards jawan.
Reports said Santokh Singh and his colleague who are posted at Samundra police post had gone to A-One Dhaba allegedly to have drinks.
They asked for eggs and soft drinks and were served a bill of Rs 80. Santokh Singh reportedly asked for rebate but when the dhaba employee refused to oblige, the former threatened to shoot him and loaded his service gun.
“When he actually pointed the gun at our worker Krishan Lal, the latter tried to save himself and put his hand on the barrel to turn it away but the man pressed the trigger. Lal’s suffered grievous injuries on his hand,” said Kamaljit Singh, the dhaba owner.
Santokh was then overpowered by other workers and given a sound beating while his colleague managed to flee. The injured was rushed to the civil hospital from where he was referred to PGI Chandigarh. The Garhshankar police reached the spot and took both the parties to the police station.
Kamaljit alleged that the police officials misbehaved with them and threatened to register a case against them. He alleged that his brother Inderjit Singh was kept in the police station the entire night. “He was released on the intervention of local MLA Surinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan and municipal council vice-president Harinder Mann,” claimed Kamaljit.
Garhshankar deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manjit Singh, however, refuted the charges and said the eatery owners were called to the police station for questioning.
“When the police team reached the spot, there was a commotion and the Home Guards employee was being beaten up. To verify the facts, both the parties were called to the police station. We have registered a case against the jawan,” the DSP said.