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Villagers clash with police after altercation

punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2013 23:43 IST
Aseem Bassi

A day after the angry public assaulted policemen, including a DSP, another clash took place between the police and public as villagers attacked a police bus and pelted the policemen with stones at Bal Khurd village.

In retaliation, the Amritsar (rural) police opened fire and used teargas to disperse the public.

The problem started on Saturday night when the villagers who were on a 'thikri pehra' to protect themselves from robbers entered into a confrontation with the police that reached the village late at night.

Villagers saw a jeep approaching the village with its headlights off. They asked the jeep to stop, which belonged to the police, and allegedly had sharp-edged weapons in it. There was an alleged altercation and the villagers did not allow the jeep to leave the village.

On Sunday morning, when the DSP along with the police force went to talk to the villagers, there was again an alleged altercation.

After this the villagers attacked a police bus and broke its panes. People also started raising slogans against the police. They alleged that the police were indifferent to their security.

The police then resorted to lathicharge and even fired a few rounds besides using the teargas shells. As a result, a few villagers and a few policemen were injured. Though the exact number of injured is not known.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, Amritsar (rural) SSP Manmohan Singh said, "A police party had gone to the village for patrol and there was a confrontation between villagers and the police. The villagers did not allow the police vehicle to leave the village. In the morning, when our officers went to the village for talks, villagers turned violent and attacked the police bus."

He said that according to his information, the police did not open fire, but they did use force to disperse the angry public.

When told that villagers thought that the police often released thieves handed over to it by villagers, the SSP said, "I think there are misconceptions among people. There is no such thing."

In another such clash, the situation turned tense at Kotla Tarkhana village on Saturday when people clashed with the police following an incident of sexual harassment. In the clash 10 policemen were injured, including DSP Jugraj Singh.