Punjab Cop’s Hand Reattached After 8 Hours Surgery

Doctors at the Chandigarh’s PGIMER successfully reattached an ASI’s hand which was chopped off in an attack by a group of Nihangs in Punjab’s Patiala on Sunday, officials said.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Harjeet Singh’s hand was cut with a sword while three other Punjab policemen and a mandi official sustained injuries when the Nihangs attacked them after being asked to show curfew passes at a vegetable market in Patiala district.

Eleven persons, including five attackers, were arrested hours later after an exchange of fire at Nihang Dera complex which also houses Gurdwara Khichdi Sahib at Balbera village, about 25 km from Patiala city, after the group fled from the scene of crime, police said. The incident happened around 6.15 am.

A video clip on social media appeared to show ASI Harjeet Singh seeking help after his left hand was severed in the attack. A man picked up the portion of the hand that was ripped off and gave it to the officer who kept it with him. He was then taken away from the scene on a two-wheeler.

The ASI was rushed to a nearby local hospital and then referred to PGIMER in Chandigarh.

With a lockdown in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, barricades were put up outside the wholesale market and entry restricted to those with curfew passes.

The Nihangs — members of a Sikh sect whose adherents carry traditional arms and wear blue robes — arrived in an SUV and were told to stop by ‘mandi’ officials, police said .

“They were asked to show passes. But they rammed the vehicle against the gate and the barricades,” said Patiala’s Senior Superintendent of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu.

The group then attacked the police personnel and fled to the Gurdwara managed by them.

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