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Hockey star turned cop Jugraj Singh among the police force at the Gurdaspur attack last week

Modified 03 Aug 2015, 17:15 IST
Jugraj Singh during his playing days
Jugraj Singh celebrates during his playing days

You wouldn't be wrong to think that someone was lying to you if you heard there was a sports angle to the gruesome attacks in Gurdaspur last week. But when researched a bit more in detail, the story gets a lot clearer.

Jugraj Singh, whose hockey career was cut short due to a car accident, was among the host of police personnel who gunned down the terrorists. The 32-year-old, who once formed a key part of India’s penalty corner setup, is now a Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP) with Punjab Police and is presently posted in the city of Amritsar.

In the horrific incident that spanned over 12 hours, All three terrorist were killed in the gunbattle along with the security forces including Punjab’s SWAT team.

A report on the NDTV website quoted him, as saying,  “As soon as the message was flashed about the incident (Gurdaspur attack), we along with other team members rushed to the site to neutralise the terrorists.

“We reached Dinanagar at about 8:15 am in the morning and took our positions,” he added.

Jugraj further said that he shot many rounds from his firearm at the terrorists who were hiding in the police station. So while he may no longer play a vital role for India with the hockey stick in hand, it seems like Jugraj has take another role, through which he could continue to help his country and here’s hoping that in his second innings as a policeman, he can be as important a cog as he was while playing for India on the hockey field.

Published 03 Aug 2015, 13:09 IST
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