A constable deputed on security duty of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Ferozepur road has been hit by a stray bullet on Friday. The bullet had hit his left shoulder. He was rushed to a hospital immediately. His condition has been stated to be stable.
On Friday, Sukhbir Singh Badal was in Ludhiana in connection with Sadbhawna Rally at Moga. He stayed at a hotel on the Ferozepur road and a heavy police force was deployed around the hotel.
The injured constable, Gurvinder Singh, on Saturday lodged an FIR at Sarabha Nagar police station after doctors told him that he was hit by a bullet. The constable said he was assuming that he was hit by a fire cracker.
In his statement, Gurvinder Singh stated that he was deputed on the deputy chief minister’s security duty near the zonal office of Punjab National Bank on the Ferozepur road which is adjoining to the hotel where the deputy chief minister was staying.
He added that all of a sudden a thing hit at his left shoulder and he suffered injuries. A marriage procession (baraat) was crossing through the area and people were bursting crackers on the road.
He thought that it might be a fire cracker that had hit his left shoulder, but a doctor told him that he had suffered a bullet injury.
At the time of the incident, many Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders huddled outside hotels and were arguing with police officials that were deterring them to get inside the hotel to meet Sukhbir Badal.
Following his statement, Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case under sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC against unidentified accused.
Sub inspector (SI) Manjit Singh, who is investigating the matter, said the police have been trying to identify the accused that has opened fire.
It is pertinent to mention that police commissioner Paramraj Singh Umra Nangal has banned carrying weapons under section 174 of the CrPC.