A woman was killed in police firing on Sunday as the vehicle she was travelling in allegedly tried to speed through a check post set up near the Haryana border in Patiala district in the wake of a jailbreak in Nabha. A bike-borne man was also injured in the shooting.
After the escape of dreaded militant and Khalistan Liberation Force “chief” Harminder Singh alias Mintoo from the Nabha high-security jail, the Punjab police sounded an alert and a check post was set up near Dharamheri village, 25 km from Patiala.
According to the police, they signalled the Swift Dzire car (HR-60B-2657) to stop for checking but the driver tried to speed past the officers. It was then that a constable opened fire on the vehicle.
One of the bullets hit the woman passenger, identified only as Neha, causing her death. She was reportedly part of a five-woman entertainment group called Arman that was on its way to Kaithal district in Haryana for a marriage function.
Kala Singh, a resident of Dirba town in Sangrur district, who was riding a bike at the site of the shooting, was injured as well.
“I was on the spot along with the police party at the Naka and the driver instead of stopping the car tried to run us over,” station house officer, Samana, Harvinder Singh Khaira said, adding that those injured were taken for medical care.
However, the driver of the Swift Dzire claimed constable Samsher Singh alias Shera opened fire before he could even stop the car.
Angered by the incident, villagers in the area tried to damage police vehicles and surrounded the officers involved in the shooting. They were released only after senior officers intervened.