The Salem Tabri police booked employees of a private bus company, Sutlej Transport, for allegedly attacking the staff of a rival company at Jalandhar bypass on Monday.
The accused have been identified as Inderjit Singh, who is adda incharge for Sutlej Transport, his brother, Pinder, and their six unidentified accomplices.
In his complaint, Ramandeep Singh of Buyani village, said he was adda incharge with the A to Z bus company at Jalandhar Bypass Chowk, while Inderjit was adda incharge for Sutlej Bus Company.
Ramandeep alleged that Inderjit and his staff had claimed monopoly at the bus stop, and used to deter conductors of his bus company from boarding passengers.
On Monday, when they approached Inderjit Singh to have a word over the issue, Inderjit, his brother and their accomplices opened attack on them with sharp-edged weapons, leaving them severely injured.
He also alleged that the brothers snatched their gold and silver chains, before fleeing the spot.
A case under section 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 382 (theft), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused.
Inspector Kewal Krishan, station house officer (SHO), at Salem Tabri police station, said manhunt had been launched to arrest the accused.