It happened to the Batala police yet again - two of its cops have allegedly been beaten up by liquor smugglers at Haruwal village, 2 km from Dera Baba Nanak police station.
However, to save themselves from embarrassment, the Dera Baba Nanak police have just registered a case under the Excise Act against the accused.
As per information, after receiving a tip-off on Monday night that some people were preparing "illicit" liquor at Harowal village, a police team led by assistant sub-inspector Jaswinder Singh raided the place.
In retaliation, however, the liquor smugglers attacked two constables, forcing the rest of policemen to flee the spot to save their skins.
Sources told Hindustan Times that the accused "took off the uniforms of the policemen and thrashed them", and it was only after Dera Baba Nanak Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa informed senior superintendent of police Harpreet Singh about the incident, he sent a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harpal Singh with a team to save the policemen.
The DSP arrested three accused, while four managed to flee the spot.
The SSP told HT that when the police team conducted raid, the liquor smugglers mistook them for henchmen of a liquor contractor as the cops were not in uniform. But, when the accused attacked the policemen, the police team came to their rescue and arrested three accused, said the SSP, denying that the cops' uniforms were taken off by the accused.
Police have registered a case under various sections of the Excise Act against Jugraj Singh, Gurdit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Inder Singh, Ghajjan Singh and two unidentified persons in this connection.
Ridiculing the Batala police, Randhawa told HT that it was him who had informed the SSP about the incident. He said both the incidents in which cops were thrashed by the accused had seriously damaged the image of the Batala police.
He advised the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to form another police wing on the pattern of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for the safety of the policemen from his party (SAD) men.
Liquor smugglers openly removed the uniforms of the cops and thrashed them, but police instead of taking strict action against them just registered a case under the Excise Act, he said.
"I will take up the matter in the forthcoming session of the Vidhan Sabha and seek an explanation from the deputy CM, who is also holding the home portfolio," he added.
On August 27, two cops - Manjinder Singh and Gurvinder Singh - of the Batala police were beaten up and their uniforms were torn allegedly by some Akali workers, including Akali sarpanch Nishan Singh, at the Qila Lal Singh police station. Following the incident, inspector general (IG) of police, border range, Amritsar, Lok Nath Angra had suspended station house officer (SHO) of the Qila Lal Singh police station Avtar Singh for dereliction of duty.