Shiv Sena leader Sandeep Thapar attacked by 'Nihangs' in Ludhiana, two suspects arrested, hunt on for third

Jul 06, 2024

Punjab: Two suspects have been arrested in Punjab after Shiv Sena (Punjab) leader Sandeep Thapar was grievously injured when he was attacked with swords by four unidentified assailants in full public view earlier in the day, police said on Friday.

Sandeep Thapar (58) was attacked when he came out of the office of the Samvedna Trust near the Civil Hospital after attending a ceremony to mark the fourth death anniversary of the trust's founder-president Ravinder Arora, police said. The Samvedna Trust provides free ambulance service to patients and hearse vehicles.

In a statement, Punjab police informed, "Today Sandeep Thapar, Leader Shiv Senna Punjab was attacked at about 11:40 AM near Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. He was coming after attending the function at Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. After attending the function, when he reached near the main gate of the Civil Hospital, the accused person were already present there, who were wearing Nihang's Bana and having sharp weapons (swords) in their hands. They immediately stopped Sandeep Thapar and attacked him with swords ."

The accused escaped from the attack spot after snatching Shiv Sena leader's two wheeler. 

An FIR under sections 109, 3 (5), 115 (2), 304, 132 BNS has been registered at police station Division No.2 in Ludhiana on the statement of Sena's gunman ASI Sukhwant Singh.

The police have identified the three attackers as:

  1. Sarabjit Singh Sabha, 34, son of Charanjit Singh and resident of Tibba Road, Ludhiana.
  2. Harjot Singh Jota, 30-35 years old and resident of Bhamia, Ludhiana.
  3. Tehal Singh Ladi resident of Amritsar.

Out of these three, two of them have been arrested.

A CCTV footage of the incident had also surfaced on social media. Now according to reports, two people have been arrested while hunt for third is underway.

In the purported video, the assailants dressed as Nihangs approached Thapar while he was on a scooter with his securityman riding pillion.