In yet another example of deteriorating law and order situation in the district, two outlaws tried to run over the Begowal station house officer (SHO) Parminder Singh with a tractor-trailer when he along with his team intercepted the duo at a checkpoint, leaving the police official seriously injured.
The incident took place in Begowal town on Wednesday but came to light only on Saturday when the two were sent to jail by a court following their arrest from Takhra village in the district a day before.
The police did not share the development with the media.
The accused, Balwinder Singh and Fateh Singh, are residents of Takhra village. Police said Balwinder Singh was booked at Begowal on rape charges on January 5 this year. He is also facing other charges. Fateh is also a proclaimed offender in a 2014 case.
A case has been registered against the accused under sections of 307 (attempt to murder), 332 and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt and assault to deter public servant from performing his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Begowal police station.
The police claimed SHO Parminder Singh sustained serious injuries, including a fracture on his right shoulder, and underwent to a two-hour surgery at a private hospital in Jalandhar where he was referred to by the Kapurthala civil hospital.
Describing the incident, investigating officer Sukhjinder Singh said the police got a tip-off that the accused were coming to Begowal on a tractor-trailer. A police team laid a trap on Mundi Adda Road in Begowal.
The investigating officer said the SHO signalled a Sonalika tractor-trailer to stop but the driver Balwinder and his accomplice tried to run over the SHO with the vehicle.
After injuring the SHO, the two managed to flee from the spot. SHO Parminder Singh, who is currently undergoing treatment and has been on leave since the incident, said the accused are wanted in rape, attempt to murder and many cases registered at various police stations in the district.
He said the police had made several attempts to nab the two in the past few months but they remained elusive.