New DELHI, India, July 17, Reuter: An Indian police inspector and three Sikh freedom fighters were killed in an alleged early morning gun battle near the Punjab town of Chandigarh on Sunday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

It said the four were among 12 people killed on Sunday in the going violence in the North Indian State which has cost more than 1,500 lives this year.

The agency said Inspector Jagjit Singh was shot dead during a fierce encounter with four gunmen. That lasted nearly one hour.

Two policemen were wounded, while one of the four gunmen escaped, PTI said.

It said police in the town of Kapurthala captured two freedom fighters who allegedly confessed to, involvement in a bombing at Phagwara on May 26 which killed three people and injured more than 30.

The agency said that among others killed by militants were three officials of the Punjab Irrigation Department, a local official of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress (I) Party along with three companions and the son of a brick kiln owner.

Article extracted from this publication >> July 22, 1988