Constable injured after mob attacks him with swords, sticks in Jalandhar
The anti-sacrilege protest at Kartarpur near here took an ugly turn when protesters attacked police constable Jagmohan Singh for taking pictures of their agitation with his mobile phone on Sunday.Updated: Oct 19, 2015 09:55 IST
The anti-sacrilege protest at Kartarpur near here took an ugly turn when protesters attacked police constable Jagmohan Singh for taking pictures of their agitation with his mobile phone on Sunday.
Singh has sustained serious injuries on his head, back, legs and his condition was serious at the time of filing the report.
According to information, around 300 protesters, who were coming back from Beas in Amritsar after holding a dharna, gathered at the main chowk in Kartarpur and started singing hymns. The protesters, mostly youths, brandishing swords, also chanted anti-government slogans.
Police officers, including assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Bhagirath Singh, Kartarpur station house officer (SHO) Dilbagh Singh, additional SHO Malkit Singh, with a heavy police force, were present on the spot. Around 3.30 pm, constable Jagmohan, who is deputed at Kartarpur police station, arrived at the site in civil dress and started taking pictures of protesters with his mobile phone.
The protesters chased him. They caught hold of him and attacked him with swords and wooden sticks.
Surprisingly, the cops, present on the spot, did not identify Jagmohan initially, but when they went to rescue him, only then they recognised him. However, they had to struggle a lot to save him from the mob.
Police rushed him to the civil hospital at Kartarpur. Later, he was shifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Jalandhar, where his condition was stated to be serious. After the attack, the protesters disappeared from the spot.
After getting information about the attack, senior superintendent of police Harmohan Singh Sandhu reached the spot and took stock of the situation.
ASP Bhagirath Singh said, “Let the police complete its investigation first. Action will be taken accordingly.”
SSP Sandhu said that the police have yet to register an FIR into the incident but the situation is under control. However, he did say anything about taking action.
Activists of the Sikh Action Committee and Damdami Taksal blocked the Jalandhar-Delhi highway in Barring village for two hours and chanted slogans against the government.
First Published: Oct 19, 2015 09:55 IST