Residents of Nangla village in the district forced the police to abort its raid at the house of Congress sarpanch of the village Hardev Singh on Thursday. The police had gone to arrest the sarpanch's son with five other youths.
Villagers gheraoed the vehicles of the police party headed by assistant sub-inspector Butta Singh, who had come to raid the village on a tip-off.
The villagers claimed that the police had come to arrest the youths, but the police said its prime motive was to search illegal weapons.
According to the villagers, the police had come to arrest the sarpanch's son and five others and falsely implicate them in a case of a clash that took place in Talwandi town a few days ago.Suspecting the intention of the police, villagers made an announcement through the gurdwara speaker, asking all villagers to gather at the sarpanch's house to oppose the police action.
Villagers led by sarpanch Hardev Singh, Bahatar Singh and Yodha Singh Nangla cordoned off the police team.
Congress block president Babbu Singh Mann also reached there. Villagers raised slogans against the police and asked them to call their seniors, following which Talwandi Sabo SHO Rashpal Singh and DSP Dev Dutt Sharma reached the spot.
The SHO claimed that the police party raided the houses on a tip-off that some persons had possession of illegal weapons in the village.
"We did not find any weapon during the raid, but villagers wanted us to tell the name of the source who gave the information. They suspected that their political opponents could be behind the raid," the SHO added.
Later, the villagers were pacified after the situation was explained to them, said the SHO.
According to villagers, the police assured them that it would not happen again and the village sarpanch and other prominent leaders from the village would be informed in advance before making any arrest from the village in future.
Talking to HT, Mann said the police accepted that it was a mistake and would not be repeated again.