A group of some men dressed as ‘Nihangs’ were seen entering Patiala sabzi mandi around six o’clock in the morning on Sunday. ‘Nihangs’ are armed sikh warriors who call themselves to be family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s son Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, and seen in same attire as his. They were five men in Tata Xenon vehicle. The senior superintendent of police (SSP), did not allow them to enter and asked for the curfew passes which would claim that they were allowed in public places during lockdown. They purposely hit the barricades and misbehaved with the cops on naka duty. They had few weapons such as swords and started attacking the cops on duty. The station house office (SHO) got his elbow injured and other officials got his arm injured. An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) named harjeet singh got badly injured as his hand was chopped off with a sword. He was taken to the Rajendra hospital immediately and thereafter was shifted to PGIMER in Chandigarh. ASI Harjeet Singh is undergoing plastic surgery in PGI-Chandigarh, hoping for his successful surgery.
Punjab police handeled the situation very professionally. Police caught about 20 nihang Sikhs with sharp objects, automatic weapons and even petrol bombswith some cash of abpout 35 lakh in Gurudwara in Balbera village after the attack. All the culprits are taken custody and this arrest was taken care by IG Patiala Zone, Jatinder Singh Aulakh.
The accused, included a woman too, Patiala Police Party led by Jatinder Aulakh IG Patiala Range and Mandeep Sidhu, SSP Patiala, were fired upon from inside the Nihang Dera Complex which also houses Khichdi Sahib Gurdwara. The operation took many hours and offered several rounds of negotiation led by SSP . they asked the culprits to surrender along with their weapons. Surrendering was never an option for them said the SSP. One of the accused ,named Nihang, Nirbhav Singh, suffered an injury in the incident and was taken to Patiala Hospital.
DGP Dinkar Gupta said a huge number of weapons as wells as hand held weapons, such as ‘barchhe’ and ‘kirpans’, and some used cartridges were seized from the accused, in addition to two petrol bombs and LPG cylinders, five bags of poppy husk mixed with ‘sulpha’, other drugs in commercial quantity and some bottles with chemical substances were also found from the premises.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh warned by saying that instructions have been given to Punjab police to take strict actions against anyone breaking the rules of lockdown. He aslo said that he is extremely proud of Punjab police after this horrifying incident. He tweeted “I am proud of the @PunjabPoliceInd party under SI Bikkar Singh for professionally handling this situation.”