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Mansa tense as 2 killed after cops fire at protesting vilgers

Two persons were killed and several sustained injuries as villagers clashed with the police at Aklian village in Mansa district on Tuesday.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Mansa |
July 25, 2012 3:50:37 am

Two persons were killed and several sustained injuries as villagers clashed with the police at Aklian village in Mansa district on Tuesday. According to the villagers,the clash started after the police tried to shield a robber — allegedly the son of a head constable — whom the villagers had caught.

Following the clash,the villagers protested by placing the body of the deceased— Pritam Singh (50) and Neetu Singh (16) — on Barnala-Mansa road.

It all started when some villagers tried to stop a gang from robbing a couple on Aklia-Rarh road. While they managed to catch one robber,two escaped. The villagers brought the robber to a gurdwara where a police party arrived and asked them to hand over the robber. The villagers confronted the police and asked them to bring the other robbers to the village first. The police,however,took the robber away.

Following this,the villagers started raising slogans against the police and hurled stones. In retaliation,the police first fired teargas shells and then opened fire,killing two villagers on the spot. According to sources,the villagers later beat up a couple of officers and also torched a vehicle.

“In one month alone,robbers have fled with more than Rs 20 lakh in cash from the village,” said eyewitness Major Singh.

“Trouble started after some miscreants attacked an ASI after the police were leaving with the robber. The matter has been sorted out now,” Bathinda IG Nirmal Singh Dhillon said,adding that a special investigation team has been constituted to probe the incident.

Mansa SSP Harpreet Singh said: “The police were not shielding the robbers. We have arrested two . Their accomplices are absconding.”

While one person died after a tear gas shell hit him,the cause of death of the other person is yet to be ascertained.

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