Amid the nationwide lockdown, a policeman’s hand was chopped off and few others were injured when a group of Nihangs (an armed order of the Sikh community) allegedly attacked them at a vegetable market in Punjab’s Patiala district on Sunday.
The incident took place when restrictions are in place in the state due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Dinkar Gupta, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police (ASI) Harjeet Singh’s hand got cut off in the incident and he was immediately rushed to the PGI Chandigarh for surgery.
Calling it an “unfortunate incident”, the DGP tweeted: “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.”
Gupta spoke to PGI’s Director who has deputed top plastic surgeons of PGI for the police officer’s surgery, which has begun.
The DGP said that the Nihang group will be arrested and action will be initiated against them soon.
“I have spoken to Director of PGI who has deputed top plastic surgeons of PGI for surgery, which just started. The Nihang group will be arrested and further action will be taken soon,” he said.