Amritsar: Villagers clash with cops, sarpanch cries foul

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SummaryLess than 24 hours after a clash between the police and public on Amritsar-Batala road, reports of another clash have come in from Bal Khurd village in the district this morning

Less than 24 hours after a clash between the police and public on Amritsar-Batala road, reports of another clash have come in from Bal Khurd village in the district this morning.

A police driver Avtar Singh and a number of villagers were injured after a tiff between villagers, including women, and the police took a violent turn.

The police allegedly resorted to firing and lobbed teargas shells to control the situation after irate villagers started pelting stones on them. Woman police personnel was also pressed into action.

According to the sarpanch of Bal Khurd Parkash Singh, “villagers, who were on night vigil, on Saturday night alleged that the police had come to the village to drop miscreants. Some sharp-edged weapons were recovered from the police vehicle. But, the cops were known to some villagers and they were let off. The villagers took possession of their vehicle.”

In the morning, senior police officials visited the village to take back the police vehicle. The police tried to take away the vehicle, villagers objected to it and started pelting stones at the police who opened fire in retaliation. Parkash Singh said the police firing continued for “10 to 20 minutes”.

Meanwhile, Amritsar (Rural) Senior Superintendent of Police Manmohan Singh, said that villagers broke the headlights of police vehicle. “The sharp edged weapons, which the villagers claimed to have seen, had been confiscated by police from people during yesterday’s clash. The villagers in fact objected to police and accompanying Rapid Action Force personnel entering the village,” the SSP said.

He denied that the police fired any gunshots. “Cops might have fired rubber bullets,” he claimed. He said a case of attempt to murder and under other relevant sections was being registered against those who attacked the police.

Soni demands CBI probe

Amritsar: National Commission for Scheduled Castes Vice-Chairman Raj Kumar Verka on Sunday visited Bal Khurd village. The statement said while police claimed they did not resort to firing, Verka saw empty cartridges. Verka reportedly said that “police were committing atrocities also and also telling lies. State Congress in-charge of Majha zone O P Soni demanded a CBI probe. “The so-called rumours of Kala Kacha gangs are now becoming reality. As per the villagers guarding the village at night, vehicles were transporting the gangsters to the villages to carry out terrorist activities,” Soni said.

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