Ex-cop’s son jumps nakas, held after shootout in Ludhiana

Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 16

The police chased a car after it jumped a number of nakas in the city on Thursday. The driver was arrested after a brief exchange of fire.

He is depressed, says father

  • Ram Kishan Rana, father of the accused, says his son has been suffering from depression for the past five years and

    taking medicines.

  • Due to the lockdown, he was not able to visit the doctor, which deteriorated his condition.

  • “My son doesn’t take drugs and he can never keep any illegal weapon,” he says.

After a 10-km chase, Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal managed to corner the car at Ladhowal where the police had already placed a barricade on the Commissioner’s alert. The police reportedly fired at the car in which driver Sukhwinder Singh of New Kundan Puri suffered a bullet injury on his right leg. A .315 bore country-made pistol, two live cartridges and 10-gm heroin was recovered from the accused. Another person accompanying him was unhurt during the entire incident.

Sukhwinder is working in an investment company and is the son of a retired policeman. Agrawal told The Tribune that in the morning, a Honda Jazz car broke a naka at Fountain Chowk. The cops at Bharat Nagar Chowk were alerted. “I was heading towards Bharat Nagar Chowk and the Honda car was behind me. I was not aware that it had broken a naka. When cops came forward to stop the car, the driver didn’t listen and tried to run over the policemen. I then sounded an alert and asked my driver to chase the car suspecting a criminal element in it,” Agrawal said.

The driver also tried to hit his pilot Gypsy when gunmen were trying to corner the car, he said. The Commissioner said since he was behind the Honda car, he saw it breaking over 10 nakas. “I alerted Ladhowal SHO Balwinder Singh who first closed the toll barrier and then erected a barricade on highway. When the accused saw the huge naka at Ladhowal, he stopped the car and tried to take a U-turn by scaling the divider, but his car got stuck. He then fired at the police. The SHO retaliated due to which the driver suffered a bullet injury. The driver had started firing at the cops, but finally, he was cornered,” the Commissioner added.

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