In the wake of the second wave of covid, many have been flocking to hill stations in the North for a getaway. This tourist surge has caused massive traffic jams along the highways and roads to places like Himachal Pradesh. Amid this, four men who hail from Punjab have been arrested in Manali for brandishing swords and attacking people.
A viral video of the incident shows the tourists whipping out their swords, just after a scuffle. India today reports that the incident occurred about 100 metres away from the Manali police station. The fight reportedly broke out when a car overtook another car.
The alleged attackers who were in clear violation of covid safety norms executed the attack because they were asked to reverse their car, which was causing a traffic jam. A senior police officer of Kullu region, Gurdev Sharma stated,
“Four tourists from Punjab have been arrested for attacking public with swords in Manali after they were asked to reverse their car, which was causing traffic jam. One individual at the venue was injured on the spot and was taken to the hospital.”
Himachal Pradesh | Four tourists from Punjab arrested for attacking public with swords in Manali after they were asked to reverse their car, which was causing traffic jam; one injured. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and Arms Act: Gurdev Sharma, SP Kullu pic.twitter.com/I7TVtfHNs0
— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2021
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Reports suggest that the local sustained minor injuries and cops filed a case against the perpetrators. The police have arrested 4 of them while one is absconding. “A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and Arms Act”, the police official informed.
Such incidents of road rage are unfortunate and have been known to cause grievous harm to people. Earlier, in Ghaziabad, a man drove for almost 2 kilometers with another man clinging to his car bonnet. It is best that we keep calm and adhere to traffic rules for our safety as well as the safety of other road users.