Like a Bollywood flick, an armed man separated himself from a group of people who had gone to a police station demanding strict action against a suspect, went to the lockup, flashed his gun and opened fire at the suspect that was cooling his heels in the custody.
The injured received three shots out of four in his leg and stomach and was rushed to Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital. His condition was stated to be critical.
Acting swiftly, the police overpowered the man, Mandeep Singh, and confiscated his pistol. A case of attempt to murder was registered against him at the Sahnewal police station.
Mandeep, 23, of Kubbe village of Samrala, shot at Dalip Kumar, who was taken into custody for disrespecting the holy book of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Gurudwara Sahib Sri Guru Arjun Dev Singh, Sahnewal. He was booked for instigating religious sentiments in the same police station.
This incident has raised serious questions over the security measures in police stations. How a man entered a police station with weapon and got access to the lockup.
Deputy police commissioner Gurpreet Singh Toor reached the police station and investigated the matter.
According to people, Dalip, along with three accomplices, on Thursday night allegedly torn some pages of the holy book at Gurdwara Sahib. Zora Singh, priest of the gurdwara, nabbed the suspect with help of others and handed him over to police.
To follow up the case, a group of people, which Mandeep was part of, had gone to the Sahnewal police station on Friday. In fit of rage, he separated himself from the group and opened fire at Dalip, who was in the lock-up.
"The police are investigating the matter very seriously. Police officials present in the station at the time of incident are also under scanner," he said.
DCP Thoor added that ACP (Sahnewal) Gurpreet Singh had been investigating the role of police officials in the incident. "The department would take strict action against the police officials of police station concerned who would be found guilty," said Toor.