Indore/Khargone: Instead of getting a pat on his back for helping police arrest a rape and murder accused, Ramdas Rathore was kept in a police lock up and allegedly beaten up by the police.
Rathore claimed that Chenpur police station in-charge Hariprasad Yadav and his team, including head constable Dilip Thakrey and in-charge Ajay Dubey, beat him up and even threatened him not to disclose the reality to anyone as it would reduce their chances of getting promotion as well as getting reward of Rs. 1 lakh announced by the director general of police (DGP).
Rathore traced Ramesh Mankar (35) on Friday morning and handed him over to the Chenpur police.
Mankar has been accused of raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in Jhirniya village on April 21, 2013. Later, he had dumped the body in the Veda river from where it was fished out.
The incident had triggered anger among the local villagers and the police had launched a massive manhunt but in vain. Rathore, who is a farmer, told HT that on Friday morning, he had gone to another village to purchase fertilizer for his farm, when he saw the accused Mankar.
He immediately informed the Chenpur police and followed the accused discreetly. When Mankar realised that he was being followed, he tried to flee, but Ramdas caught hold of him. By that time, the Chenpur police team arrived at the spot and took both Mankar and Rathore to the police station.
At the police station, Rathore said, station house officer Yadav tried to convince him not to inform anyone about his role in the arrest. When Rathore refused to agree, he was beaten up. Rathore said he would write to state DGP complaining against Chenpur police.
Meanwhile, when the news of Rathore being detained by the police spread, Jhirniya residents rushed to the police station and staged a protest against the police.
Bowing before the villager's protest, the police released Rathore.
Addressing the media, Khargone superintendent of police Narmada Prasad Varkade gave the credit of Mankar's arrest to Bhikangaon sub-divisional officer of police Karansingh Rawat and his team.
When asked about Rathore's role, SP Varkade said they had got a tip off from an informer which led to the arrest.
About Rathore being kept inside the lock-up and beaten up, the SP said he would probe into the matter.