A police team that had gone to arrest three proclaimed offenders (POs) was attacked at Moga’s Kot Isse Khan village on Sunday evening. A day later, 21 persons were booked, of which 11 hail from Daulewala village, notorious for drug trade.
A nine-member Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) team, led by in-charge Kikkar Singh, following a tip-off, had raided a marriage palace to arrest three POs when a group hurled stones and attacked them with bats.
Two cops — head constable Gulab Singh and assistant sub-inspector Balwinder Singh — sustained injuries in the attack. The police later reportedly fired gunshots in the air to defuse the situation. While the team managed to arrest two POs — Rishi Sood, a murder accused and his brother Rajan Sood, both residents of Kot Isse Khan — Samundar Singh of Daulewala managed to give the slip. Those who attacked the police team have been identified as Daulewala former sarpanch Harbhajan Singh, alias Pahada, Sukhdev Singh, Gurdev Singh, Balwant Singh, Jand Singh, Kala Singh, Sonu, Gurwinder Singh, Satnam Singh, Rimmi. Police claim the attack was carried at Pahada’s behest.
Police conducted another raid on Monday to arrest Samundar Singh and others. The raid, led by deputy superintendent of police (investigation) Sarabjit Singh and deputy superintendent of police Dharamkot Jasvir Singh along with 70 cops was conducted at Daulewala village, 5 km from Kot Isse Khan, on Monday. It, however, returned empty-handed after hours of search operation at the village. “We raided the village to nab the accused persons but they managed to escape,” said CIA in-charge Kikkar Singh. Sources allege someone in the department informed the villagers about the raid.
A case has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Kot Isse Khan police station.
This is the second unsuccessful raid within a month at Daulewala village. In a crackdown on drug peddlers on April 16, police had raided the village. The three-hour search operation, however, failed to yield desired results.
Khaki under fire
December 30, 2016: Police team, led by the then DSP Dharamkot Lakhvir Singh, attacked at Daulewala village.
December 9, 2016: ASI Krishan Kumar was beaten up and his car vandalised, when he along with head constable Gurdev Singh, went to arrest bootleggers at Berianwala in Moga.
June 15, 2016: 12 people, including a woman, freed drug peddler Baljit Singh Baba after thrashing a five-member police team when it had gone to arrest him for drug-peddling at Daulewala.
June 1, 2016: A police team from Fatehgarh Panjtoor, led by SHO Shiv Chand, was overpowered by Daulewala villagers when it had gone to arrest proclaimed offender Tirlok Singh of Daulewala.
May 24, 2016: Gangsters open fire at a CIA team which had gone to inspect a house robbery of ₹60 lakh from a house at Butter Kalan village, gangsters opened fire at the team and fled.