As he tried to pacify the furious crowd, Gurdev Ram quietly slipped away. Incensed, the mob accused the ASI of helping the driver flee and began beating him up. Terrified, his colleagues called in reinforcements.In the meantime, the residents tied the ASI to a pole with a ‘siropa’ and rained blows on him, even as his colleagues pleaded that he be spared. The ASI’s uniform was torn.After some time, SSP Daljinder Singh Dhillon and other senior officers reached there and started talks with the residents that lasted 30 minutes. Thereafter, the relatives of the deceased relented and handed over the ASI to the SSP. The latter took him to the Batala Civil Hospital for treatment.The SSP said a probe had been marked. “If found guilty of misconduct, the ASI will be proceeded against. If not, action will be taken against the villagers who dared to take the law into their hands,” he said.