Hardeep Puri demands exemplary punishment for Nihangs who cut off the policeman's hand

NEW DELHI: The Union Minister demanded exemplary punishment for members of a Sikh sect who cut off a policeman's hand with a sword and wounded two others when asked to show passes in Patiala on Sunday.

Condemning the inhumane attack, the Union's minister of housing and urban affairs said that such criminals and anarchists should be brought to justice as soon as possible.

They cut the hand of an assistant deputy inspector and wounded two of the police colleagues after their vehicle was stopped in front of a vegetable market and were asked for passes for the curfew.

The inhumane attack on police in Patiala needs to be condemned in the strongest terms. Such criminals and anarchists should be brought to justice as soon as possible. They deserve exemplary punishment. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured police officers, Puri tweeted.

Hours after the incident, police arrested seven men, including five of the attackers, from a gurdwara in the village of Balbera.

Police Director-General Dinkar Gupta described the incident as unfortunate.

In an unfortunate incident this morning, a group of Nihangs wounded a few police officers and a mandi board official in sabzi mandi, Patiala. ASI Harjeet Singh, whose hand was cut off, reached PGI Chandigarh, Gupta tweeted.

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