Two police officers were injured after they were ambushed by villagers in Muzaffarnagar’s Fugana village on Wednesday while they were arresting a gangrape accused. The police said that the ambush went on for almost 20 minutes, during which rounds were fired and stones were pelted.
It was only after the intervention of the village elders that the ambush stopped.
The two policemen have been identified as constable Amar Singh and homeguard Abul. Both officers received gunshot injuries while their police jeep has been completely trashed, said officers.
“We had reached the village at around 2 pm after receiving information that one of the accused — Ajit — was hiding there. He has been evading arrest since January,” said Satyaprakash Sharma, Deputy Superintendent (Fugana).
Ajit has been named accused in a gangrape case by the special investigation cell probing the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Sharma said the police were ambushed after Ajit’s arrest.
“A bullock cart arrived and blocked the path. We had information about the presence of other accused hiding in the village. But the cart blocked our exit. Shots were fired at us and stones were pelted. There were women and children present among those throwing stones at us, so there was no chance of any retaliatory firing,” he said.
Before they were ambushed, the police had planned to find and arrest Pushpendra, Rupesh, Sanjeev and Ram Beer who are accused of gangrape, rioting and using criminal force. “The only way the team got out alive was because village elders dispersed the mob that had surrounded the team completely by 2:45,” said Sharma.