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‘AAP’s Taliban regime,’ cry Oppn as cops yet to arrest culprits who chopped off man’s fingers

A video has gone viral showing the brutal act from 8 February, showing two men severing four fingers of another.

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Chandigarh: The Punjab Police have registered an FIR but been unable to arrest three men seen in a viral video chopping off the fingers of a young driver.

Officers said the incident was recorded in Balongi, Mohali on 8 February.

The video shows two people standing around a man, with one holding him to the ground while another uses a sword to chop off his fingers. A third person films the entire act.

BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa tweeted the video, blaming the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Punjab’s “horrible law and order situation”.

He accused AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal of “taking Punjab towards a Taliban regime to fulfill his political greed”.


The victim, identified as Hardeep Singh of the Mohali village, was left to bleed with four fingers severed, said Amandeep Singh Brar, Superintendent of Police (Detective) Mohali.

Brar told ThePrint that Hardeep managed to reach a hospital where doctors tried to re-attach two of his fingers, but the surgery was unsuccessful. He is undergoing further treatment, he added. Hardeep is 24 to 25 years old, the officer said, and worked as a driver.

Brar said an FIR was registered on 9 February after the victim contacted the police. Brar said: “We registered an FIR against one man we could immediately identify in the video, and also the other two. Since then, all three have been identified but are yet to be arrested.”

Deputy Superintendent of Police of Mohali City H. S. Mann said in a video statement that the FIR was registered under Sections 326, 365, 379 B and 34 of the IPC and 25 of the Arms Act.

Brar also told ThePrint that Hardeep could have been attacked because the perpetrators suspected him of a murder last year.

He said: “Some months ago, murder-accused Bunty Sharma of Badh Majra village was killed. He was a close associate or relative of those who attacked Hardeep. Although Bunty’s alleged murderers were arrested and a chargesheet filed, these men suspected Hardeep’s involvement in it.”

Brar added that Hardeep was once a friend of Bunty Sharma’s, but his attackers somehow believed him to be behind Bunty’s death.

Bunty Sharma, 26, who had been jailed for his involvement in a murder case, was clubbed to death in Badh Majra, Mohali last year.

The gruesome video has given the Opposition more ammunition to question Punjab’s law and order under AAP Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira tweeted: “I’m hesitantly sharing this unwatchable, horrific & brutal video of Talibani type torture in Punjab probably related to a murder case of Mohali. I request @BhagwantMann & @DGPPunjabPolice to verify the facts bcoz this is 3rd in a row such brutal video of torture.”

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