Monday, April 13, 2020

Indian police officer's hand chopped off in sword attack during coronavirus lockdown

Police officers show sharp-edged weapons recovered in Patiala, India, on April 12.

By Manveena Suri and Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap, CNN

New Delhi (CNN) - An Indian policeman's hand was chopped off with a sword and six other officers were severely injured when they were attacked while enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures in northern Punjab state on Sunday morning.

The severed left hand of Harjit Singh, an assistant sub inspector for Punjab Police, was later reattached to his wrist following nearly eight hours of surgery.

The attack took place when a vehicle carrying seven men -- who belong to the minority Sikh warrior sect known as the Nihangs -- was stopped at a barricade outside a vegetable market in Patiala district, KBS Sidhu, a senior state government official, told CNN.

When police asked the men for valid travel passes, one of them took out a sword and cut off Singh's hand.  Read more >>