Assistant Sub . Inspector ,Harjeet Singh , underwent seven and a half hour long surgery to reattach his left hand after it had been cut off in an assault on the police officers at Patiala in Punjab. He was hurried to Rajindra Hospital and later admitted at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and the operation was successful after hours of surgery.
The mishap took place at the district of Patiala in Punjab at early morning yesterday. An SUV car carrying Nihangs, slammed into the vegetable market in Sanaur breaking gates and barricades, when asked to show their curfew passes. Permission was granted to only those having passes. The fugitives were equipped with sharp weapons like swords and iron rods. They escaped the site almost immediately after the attack and reached their dera at Balbera ,where Gurudwara Khichdi Sahib is also located.
Inspector general Jatinder Singh Aaulakh headed the operation and restricted any movement within a kilometre from the Gurudwara and besieged the area. The Gurudwara came to a stand still for several hours until police came and took 11 people into custody, which also included the five mandi attackers .The operation was carried out keeping in mind the sanctity of the place which should not perturbed at any cost.
A clipping that went viral on social media shows ASI Harjeet Singh asking for help after his hand is severed by by the Nihangs. A man picks up the amputated hand and handover it to him. Along with the ASI, three other policemen who were also wounded are Bakkar Singh, house officer of Sadar Patiala Station, ASI Raghbir Singh and ASI Raj Singh. All of them were garrisoned at the sabzi mandi, imposing the lockdown to combat the pandemic. Only people carrying curfew passes had the consent to enter the market. Chief Minister of the state, Captain Amarinder Singh has commanded to take stern actions against those violating the lockdown.