JAMMU: One person was critically injured in a shooting inci¬dent in the premises of a court in Jammu, after two rival groups clashed.
According to reports, Surinder Singh alias Kala along with his group had come to the court for the registry of his property and was discussing mat¬ter with his lawyer in the court premises, when Ranjot Singh alias Na¬lwa and his group also ar¬rived.
Police sources said that on seeing each other both groups started arguing due to ‘some old rivalry’, which eventually led them to assault each other. One of the members from the Nalwa group then report¬edly took out a revolver and fired at Surinder Singh, leaving him in a pool of blood.
The firing created pan¬ic in the court premises, and people were seen run¬ning to safety.
The police shifted the injured to a hospital and detained six persons from both groups and also re¬covered a revolver and live bullets from their pos¬session.
After this incident, the lawyers staged a protest and accused the police of being apathetic about se¬curity in the court. The J&K High Court Bar Asso¬ciation Jammu also decid¬ed to suspend work on Oc¬tober 7 in protest against ‘the security lapses’ by the police.
According to the Bar General Secretary AP Singh, a meeting was held with the Principal Ses¬sions Judge Jammu and office bearers, wherein the lapses in the security arrangements were point¬ed out and immediate remedial measures were suggested.
Earlier, senior police officers reached the court and ordered the attach¬ment of SHO Janipur Ajit Singh and the suspension of in-charge police post Dalip Singh for alleged dereliction of duty.
The police officers have also taken cognisance of the fact that the SHO of Gandhi Nagar police sta¬tion, despite being present on the spot at the time, did not intervene.