NEW DELHI, Jul 27: India tightened security on the border with Pakistan on Monday after its military said heavily armed men, dressed in army uniforms, stormed a police station in the northern frontier state of Punjab killing ten people and wounding several others.
Indian police managed to overcome the heavily armed men after a 12-hour gun battle.
Four police officers including the local superintendent and three civilians also died in the operation in the usually calm northern state of Punjab.
“The police superintendent fought them bravely but unfortunately he was shot in the head and died on the spot,” said Anand Kumar, part of the special forces team that entered the building.
The assault only ended at around 5pm when security forces finally entered the police station where the unidentified gunmen had been holed up.
The siege focused on an abandoned building where the attackers were holed up. It dragged on because security forces had wanted to capture at least one of the militants alive, a senior government source said.
The group of attackers came in a white Maruti-Suzuki car, dressed in army uniforms, said Harcharan Bains, an adviser to Indian Punjab’s chief minister.
The militants hijacked a car and then fired at the bus and a roadside eatery before attacking a police station near Gurdaspur, a border town in Punjab, police said. Eight injured people were hospitalised, seven of them in serious condition, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
Five bombs were also found planted on a railway track in the state, suggesting an attempted coordinated attack around the time when India is marking the anniversary of a near-war with Pakistan in northern Kashmir in 1999.