Two days after locals thrashed an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), the Batala police was again at the receiving end when a police team was attacked by a group of criminals at Jaurian Khurd village, 2km from the Dera Baba Nanak police station, on Monday evening, leaving a head constable critically injured.
Though senior police officials tried to keep the incident under wraps saying the head constable had a fall and fractured his arm, the first information report (FIR) registered at the Dera Baba Nanak police station states that on Monday evening, a police team led by station house officer (SHO), Dera Baba Nanak police station, Paramjeet Singh went to Jaurian Khurd village for investigating a case when they were attacked with sharp-edged weapons and firearms. Head constable Gurmeet Singh was seriously injured and was rushed to a hospital in Amritsar.
On the SHO’s statement, the police registered a case under Section 307, 332, 333, 353, 186, 341, 148 and 149 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Amarjot Singh, Avtar Singh, Raman, Kaka, Gora, Mithu and six unidentified persons, who are absconding.
When contacted, Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Daljinder Singh said Amarjot and his brother Avtar were habitual criminals and have more than 15 cases registered against them.
This is the fourth incident in the past nine months in which Batala cops have been assaulted. On August 27 last year, two cops — Manjinder Singh and Gurvinder Singh — were beaten up and their uniforms were torn by some Akali workers inside the Qila Lal Singh police station.
On September 2, two constables of Dera Baba Nanak police station were beaten up and their uniforms were removed by liquor smugglers at Harowal village.
On May 15 this year, assistant sub-inspector, Nirjit Singh was tied to an electricity pole by a mob after he had allegedly let go a tractor driver who had run a motorcyclist over.
State Congress vice-president and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said both the incidents in which the cops of Batala police were thrashed had hit the image of the police. He advised deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to form another police wing on the pattern of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for the of policemen. “If he agrees, Congress workers are ready to pitch tents outside police stations in the Batala police district to provide security to the cops,” he added.