A police constable of Punjab Police was shot dead in a firing incident in Kapurthala district while arresting a gbag of robbers.
Kuldeep Bajwa (27) was part of a Phagwara city police team who died in the line of duty.
He was chasing four gangsters who had fled with a car after threatening its owner at gunpoint. Three of the gangsters were nabbed by the team after an exchange of fire.
The robbers were identified as Ranbir, Vishnu and Kulwinder. The group of four gangsters looted a Creta car at gunpoint from Phagwara resident Avtar Singh, a banker. When the police came to know about it, they began chasing the gang along with Singh. During the chase, the robbers opened fire at the police team and Constable Kuldeep Bajwa received several bullet injuries.
The police team then alerted Phillaur police because the gang was fleeing towards Phillaur. The Phillaur police set up a naka to nab the robbers, but there the robbers opened fire again and the police retaliated. Three of the robbers received bullet injuries on their hands and legs in the shooting, while the fourth one managed to escape into the darkness.
The constable was rushed to Phagwara civil hospital where hewas declared dead on arrival. The injured robbers were shifted to Jalandhar civil hospital.
DGP Punjab, Gaurav Yadav said, “Salute to martyr Ct. Kuldeep Singh who has laid down his life in the line of duty. Three criminals have also been injured with gunshot injuries. @PunjabPoliceInd looks after its martyrs and their families. Chief Minister has announced Rs 2 crore ex-gratia”.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has announced a compensation of Rs 2 crore to his family.
Mann said, “Salute to martyr Constable Kuldeep Singh Bajwa Belt no. 886/KPT who has made the sacrifice in line of duty. Punjab Government will make Ex Gratia grant of Rs 1 crore. Another Rs 1 crore insurance payment will be made by HDFC Bank. We stand with our martyrs and their families".