Two brothers were injured when a police party, suspecting them to be gangsters, opened fired on their car near Malerkotla on Tuesday night.
The police said it was a case of mistaken identity. The victims, identified as Satwinder Kumar and Sunil Kumar, residents of Sherpur village, are undergoing treatment at DMC, Ludhiana.
Police said a gangster, along with his accomplices, who were in a white Ford Figo Car, fired at cops at a naka at Sherpur Chowk and sped away. The police started chasing the car. However, they mistook Satwinder and Sunil, who were also in a white Ford Figo, as gangsters and started firing at their vehicle. In the firing, Satwinder received a bullet injury in his shoulder while a bullet grazed his brother's ear. Shocked Satwinder, who was behind the wheel, took his vehicle to a nearby locality.
The residents of the locality opposed the cops, who were allegedly drunk. The police, however, managed to overpower the two brothers, who were beaten up 'mercilessly'.
Crime Investigation Agency in-charge Inspector Balwinder Singh said it was a case of mistaken identity, as the two brothers were also travelling in a white Figo car. "The CIA staff were looking for gangster Guddu who is believed to have fired on cops at a naka," he said. A case under Indian Penal Code Section 307 has been registered against unidentified persons.
Satwinder and Sunil's father Hem Raj Sharma said police would have killed his sons in 'fake encounter', had locality residents not intervened. He demanded a case against those responsible for attacking his sons.