Beaten by mob on suspicion of being looter, youth still in coma after 7 days, family distraught
Dream of Pramod Dhakad (22) to join Madhya Pradesh state public service got a rude shock when he was assaulted by co-passengers who suspected him to be part of a robbers’ gang that tried to rob the passengers in Sampark Kranti Express on Thursday night. Dhakad is battling for life in a Bhopal hospital.bhopal Updated: Sep 14, 2017 18:58 IST
Dream of Pramod Dhakad (22) to join Madhya Pradesh state public service got a rude shock when he was assaulted by co-passengers who suspected him to be part of a robbers’ gang that tried to rob the passengers in Sampark Kranti Express on Thursday night. Dhakad is battling for life in a Bhopal hospital.
His only fault was that he was sitting next to one Suresh Verma, who apparently knew the robbers, and got caught in the melee between the passengers and the robbers. While robbers managed to flee, Dhakad and Verma were beaten mercilessly before handing them over to Bina railway police, half dead.
Police has booked him and Verma for robbery and hurting people while committing the crime.
The incident happened when the train was going between Bhopal and Sagar railway stations. A high number of crimes in trains are reported in Madhya Pradesh. Of 39,239 crime cases recorded in MP in 2015, 11.4% were on railway properties, according to latest National Crime Records Bureau.
These numbers don’t matter for B S Dhakad, an acting school principal, and believes his son became a victim of a mistaken identity.
“My son is innocent,” the senior Dhakad told HT in total distress outside a city hospital where Pramod was admitted after the brutal assault. “How can he be a criminal, when he is doing his MSc in mathematics? His ambition is to crack the state services exam and he had come for the constables’ recruitment exam in Bhopal on Thursday just to test his preparation.”
The police have said that so far they have not found any link between Dhakar and Verma.
“We have not spoken to Pramod as he is in a coma but have spoken to Suresh who is changing his statement frequently,” said investigating officer Hemant Shrivastava, claiming that he will crack the case soon.
Police sources said that they suspect that Verma knew some of the robbers and they were checking his antecedents. However, officially they refused comment on Verma’s reported confession that he knew one of the robbers.
Suresh’s uncle, Ashok Verma appeared to corroborate the confession.
“It appears he (Suresh) knew one of the miscreants. However, we don’t know what he told the cops as we were told to leave when his statement was being recorded.” Verma told HT.
Even if the police give Dhakad a clean chit, life will not be same for him again. “He has got severe head injuries and doctors say it would be tough days ahead for him,” his father, who is monetarily and mentally drained by the incident, said.