Punjab Police has promoted Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Balwinder Singh for his exemplary courage and dedication to duty in foiling a robbery attempt at the State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Dhotian village, Tarn Taran district. ASI Balwinder Singh sustained bullet injuries while chasing the robbers, and his quick thinking helped prevent a major robbery.
The Punjab Police has promoted Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Balwinder Singh for his exemplary courage in foiling a robbery attempt at the State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Dhotian village, Tarn Taran district. Despite sustaining bullet injuries during the incident, ASI Balwinder Singh’s quick thinking and devotion to duty led to the prevention of a major burglary attempt.
Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav praised ASI Balwinder Singh and announced his promotion to the rank of sub-inspector. DGP Yadav also mentioned that Punjab Police would provide financial assistance for ASI Balwinder Singh’s treatment and urged everyone to wish for his speedy recovery.
The robbery attempt occurred around 12:20 pm when four armed robbers targeted the SBI branch while bank employees were attending to customers. Three of the robbers entered the bank and began holding bank staff at gunpoint, while a fourth accomplice waited outside.
A courageous woman customer managed to escape from the bank and informed ASI Balwinder Singh, who was nearby. Upon receiving the alert, ASI Balwinder Singh rushed to the bank to confront the robbers. However, the waiting accomplice signaled the other three robbers, and they quickly exited the bank.
When ASI Balwinder Singh attempted to apprehend the robbers, one of them opened fire, injuring him in the stomach and leg. Despite his injuries, ASI Balwinder Singh displayed exceptional bravery during the incident.
CCTV footage from the bank captured the three armed men, all with their faces covered, brandishing pistols.
A case has been registered against unidentified individuals for attempted murder, armed robbery, and various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those related to armed robbery, as well as under the Arms Act. The incident took place a day after ₹20 lakh was deposited in the bank.
ASI Balwinder Singh’s condition is reported to be critical, and he is receiving treatment at a private hospital.