Two held after encounter near Attari railway station

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Attari
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 09:06 IST

Two miscreants were arrested and a third evaded a special wing of the state police force after an encounter between miscreants and the security personnel a few metres from the Attari International Railway Station on Friday evening.

A pistol and three cartridges have also been recovered from the accused.

Jawans from Punjab Police’s Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT) were fired upon, when they challenged the group of suspects hiding near the station and they retaliated in self-defence.

The forces had specific inputs that the suspects could attack people returning from the retreat ceremony on the Attari border or target the ceremony itself.

However, more clarity is yet to emerge on the issue.

Superintendent of police (investigation), Amritsar rural police, Manohar Lal said, “We got a specific input that three armed people were positioned near a school at Attari and that these people could either harm people returning from retreat ceremony or the ceremony itself. To curb the activity, an operation was launched and the SWAT team led the operation and arrested two of the accused.”

As the Special Weapon and Tactics Team team members asked the suspects to surrender, they fired on the team and in defence the cops too opened fire.

One of the accused Bittu was then injured and taken into custody. The second arrested suspect has been identified as Saleem, while the third suspect managed to flee.

“The operation was started on a specific input. The motive behind the attacks would be known only after interrogation,” the SP added.

A case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and the Arms Act has been registered against the three people and interrogation of the suspects is on, said sources in the police.

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