In an extraordinary development, a group of attackers chopped off a policeman’s hand and left two other injured after they were stopped from defying the current COVID-19 lockdown in Punjab’s Patiala on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter, Punjab’s Director General of Police wrote, “In an unfortunate incident today morning, a group of Nihangs injured a few Police officers and a Mandi Board official at Sabzi Mandi, Patiala. ASI Harjeet Singh whose hand got cut-off has reached PGI Chandigarh.”
His subsequent tweet read, “I have spoken to Director PGI who has deputed top Plastic surgeons of PGI for surgery, which just started. The Nihang group will be arrested and further action taken soon.”
In an unfortunate incident today morning, a group of Nihangs injured a few Police officers and a Mandi Board official at Sabzi Mandi, Patiala. ASI Harjeet Singh whose hand got cut-off has reached PGI Chandigarh.
— DGP Punjab Police (@DGPPunjabPolice) April 12, 2020
According to news agency PTI, a group of four-five Nihangs (Sikhs armed with traditional weapons and dressed in loose blue top) were travelling in a vehicle and they were asked to stop at a vegetable market at around 6.15 am by the Mandi board officials.
“They were asked to show (curfew) passes. But they crashed the vehicle against the gate and barricades put up there,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala, Mandeep Singh Sidhu was quoted as saying.
These Nihangs ran away from the spot to take refuge in a nearby gurdwara, place of worship for Sikhs. Local police surrounded the gurdwara and the standoff lasted for several hours before all of them were arrested. A large quantity of weapons was also recovered from the gurdwara. One Nihang also sustained injuries and was rushed to a hospital.