In the line of fire, two cops show nerves of steel

  • Harkirat Singh & Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2015 00:31 IST
Head constable Ram Lal, who got injured during the Gurdaspur terror attack, undergoing treatment at a hospital in Amritsar on Monday. Sameer Sehgal/HT

An alert home guard jawan, who was manning the main door of the Dimapur police station, and his colleague delayed the entry of terrorists into the building, giving time to his colleagues to take cover.

"I heard gunshots and saw four armed persons in military fatigues entering the police station compound through the main gate. I quickly shut the main door even as the terrorists started firing in my direction,' said Rajinder Kumar, 52, from his hospital said.

"The terrorists had to break the glass and then open the door. As they entered the building, they started firinf indiscriminately," said Rajinder, who sustained four bullet injuries --- below the ribs on the left side and on the right arm.

"The thought of a terror strike didn't occur to me when I first heard the gunshots. However, as I came out to see what was happening, I saw four attackers running towards the main door. I immediately asked Rajinder to bolt the door," said head constable Ram Lal who was hit by four bullets.

'There were screams all around me'

Passengers of the Punjab Roadways bus that came under a volley of bullets said the attack caught everyone unawares.

A victim, who was shot at in a militant attack in Dinanagar town, undergoing treatment in a hospital on Monday. PTI Photo

The attack on bus took place near the Dinanagar police station. "There were screams all around me and before I could take cover, a bullet pierced my arm", said Raman, who is admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Amritsar.

Raman, 21, was on his way to Jalandhar to enquire about the status of his passport. He had boarded the Chandigarh-bound bus along with Satish Kumar, 36, who was going to Dasuya.

He kept going, despite a bullet injury

As fidayeens struck Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district, people scurried for cover to evade bullets. In the line of fire, a teenager, however, showed immense courage despite being hit by a bullet.

"I was on my bicycle when I saw two terrorists They were in army fatigues, had guns in their hands and a bag slung over their shoulders. They moment they saw me, they started firing. I didn't want to be an easy target for them. So I sped off on my bicycle," said Tarun Lahotra, 15, who received a bullet injury on his right shoulder.

Son of a retired Armyman, Tarun, a wrestler, didn't stop till he reached SSM College, his training venue.

"My coach took me to the Gurdaspur civil hospital from where I was referred to Amritsar," he said.

Tarun says he is worried about his injured shoulder and is praying that the injury doesn't affect his wrestling carrier.

READ: Senior cop among 6 killed as terrorists attack police station in Punjab's Gurdaspur


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