Taking them for drug smugglers, cops fired upon some goat thieves at Sawaddi Kalan in this district on Tuesday morning.
The gang was trying to flee after hitting a police vehicle. Police could catch only two of the six burglars. They were charged with theft and damaging the police vehicle. The sound of gunshots caused people to panic and shut their doors.
The CIA (crime investigation agency) wing of Ludhiana (rural) police had laid the trap for drug smugglers only. They didn’t expect to catch burglars when they signalled a black SUV to stop for checking. Instead of stopping, the car hit the police vehicle out of the way.
Cops gave it a chase and shot out its tyres. “We then fired in the air to warn them,” deputy superintendent of police (detective) Wariyam Singh said. The burglars operate in Jagraon’s Hathoor and Bet areas.