COCKING A snook at intensified police patrolling, half-a-dozen robbers waylaid two motorcycle-borne youths, beat them resulting in death of one after a few hours, and robbed them of valuables. The incident took place in the forests of Suhaya near Berasia in Bhopal district on the night intervening Friday and Saturday.
One of the two victims, undergoing treatment in a hospital, succumbed to multiple injuries he sustained in the attack. The deceased, Rajiv Soni, 25, was a trader of Shamshabad in Vidisha district and received critical head injuries. A case of dacoity and murder was registered against the unidentified robbers.
Less than 18 hours earlier, three motorcycle-borne youths looted over Rs 3 lakh from a petrol pump manager in Bhopal. Three days before, armed robbers had committed two loots in fifteen minutes in Berasia. Scores of policemen were sent to Suhaya and neighbouring areas to catch the robbers, including prime suspect Parvat Sapera.
The deceased, Soni and his friend Ashok Dhakad, 24, had come to Bhopal on their bike for repair of a cell phone and were returning late in the night when a gang of robbers surrounded them before Suhaya.
They attacked them with lathis. Soni received multiple injuries and fell unconscious. The gang members robbed them of their possessions, including two cell phones, gold chain, a ring and Rs 1,500 cash before they escaped.
Dhakad somehow reached a toll tax barrier near Shamshabad and subsequently informed the police. Soni was rushed to the hospital and after midnight referred to Bhopal, where he succumbed around 3 am. The Berasia police registered a case and began investigations.
In one of two robberies in Berasia on Wednesday, Harinarayan, his friend Ramgopal Gujar and his sister Ramkunwar, who were riding a motorcycle were robbed and the two men beaten up. In another incident, three others, who were passing by the area riding motorcycle, were robbed. Apart from valuables, the robbers had also taken away their motorcycles.