Caught with bullets, duo fire in air to scare away cops, arrested

Accused

Two youngsters fired shots in the air after they were stopped by the UT Police at a naka near the dividing road of Sectors 50 and 51 on Tuesday. The two were overpowered by the police and arrested.

The incident took place at 11.35 am at a check post set up by Sector 34 police station in order to ready security measures for Republic Day. A jeep bearing registration number PUK 3 approached the naka where the two occupants of the car, Nitinpreet Brar and Gurpreet Singh were stopped.

"When we stopped the duo, we saw two live rounds in the car. So we asked them to come out so that the police officials can check the car. Following this, the two opened fire," one of the police officials said.

Head constable Tehal Singh, in-charge of the naka, said: "If I was not holding his [on of the men] arm, he would have shot at one of the constables at the naka." The two were overpowered by the police and arrested. Police officials said that both were residents of Barnala and were returning from Chandigarh after meeting some friends.

Their parents are in the agriculture and transportation business. While Nitinpreet claims to be a student of Bachelors in Arts at a private institute and Gurpreet claims to be self-employed in the agriculture business.

"They had a 9mm pistol and the accused have failed to produce a license for the gun. Also the gun has no make printed," said Station House Officer Inspector Diwan Singh, Sector 34 police station.

Five live cartridges and four empty cartridges were recovered from the two accused.

The UT Police department, has decided to reward the naka team with commendation certificate class-I and cash reward.

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