Gangster shoots at ASI, held

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htregion -

TARN TARAN : A wanted gangster and drug smug­gler on Mon­day shot at an as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor (ASI) at Pahuwind vil­lage of Tarn Taran district’s Bhikhwind sub­di­vi­sion.

The ASI, Malkiat Singh, who was on night duty at the Bhikhi­wind po­lice sta­tion, has been ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. His con­di­tion was stated to be out of danger. De­spite re­ceiv­ing a bul­let in­jury on his right leg, the ASI nabbed the gangster, iden­ti­fied as Rash­pal Singh, alias Daula, of Bhuch­har

Kalan vil­lage, the po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent took place when Malkiat Singh along with Ran­jit Singh, a home guards jawan, was re­turn­ing from the vil­lage af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint of mo­tor­cy­cle theft.

“When the ASI in­ter­cepted two sus­pi­cious men on a bike, Rash­pal started fir­ing from his pis­tol. One of the bul­lets pierced Malkiat’s right leg. A to­tal of five rounds were fired by the gangster,” said SSP Dhru­man H Nim­bale. Rash­pal is fac­ing seven crim­i­nal cases, in­clud­ing one of mur­der, two un­der the Arms Act and four un­der the NDPS Act, Nim­bale added.

A case was reg­is­tered against Rash­pal un­der Sec­tions 307, 323333, 186, 353 and 34 of the IPC and un­der the Arms Act.

The SSP said they have rec­om­mended the ASI’S name for brav­ery award. Rash­pal is be­lieved to be a close aide of Te­jin­der Singh, alias Teja who was ar­rested by the Pun­jab Po­lice’s or­gan­ised crime con­trol unit (OCCU) in June in con­nec­tion with 2kg gold da­coity in Lud­hi­ana.

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