A FOREIGNER tourist was reportedly harassed and manhandled by some people in the Koh-e-Fiza area Monday morning. The residents suspected the foreigner to be misbehaving with the wife of a farmhouse watchman while police said the incident was of a mistaken identity compounded further due to ignorance of both sides about their respective languages.
Koh-e-Fiza police station SO G P Sharma said the foreigner, Sante Maria Pedro (33) from Spain, arrived in Bhopal on November 15 and is staying at Hotel Banjara. At about 9.30 am on Monday, he came to Koh-e-Fiza area and was walking towards the Upper Lake.
Unknowingly, however, Pedro entered into a farmhouse – owned by one Manoj Singh Gautam — in an attempt to reach the lakeshore quickly. Prakash is the farmhousee’s watchman and his wife was the first one to notice Pedro inside the farmhouse premises and she called out to him to stop. Pedro, nevertheless, could not understand what the woman was saying, as she was speaking in Hindi.
Subsequently, when Pedro did not respond to her call despite repeated efforts, the woman let loose her watchdog. The canine pounced on Pedro and he, in turn, picked up some stones and pelted them onto the dog to save himself.
Meanwhile, on hearing the commotion, the woman’s husband came out and raised an alarm thinking Pedro was misbehaving with his wife or was a thief. Pedro, in an attempt to save himself from the dog, ran
outside the farmhouse.
That action made the watchman even more suspicious and he called out to other people on the road. Several people chased Pedro and caught him. Meanwhile, neither party could understand each other’s language and the residents roughed up Pedro and handed him over to the police.
It was only after reaching the police station that Pedro was able to explain he was only trying to walk to the Upper Lake through the farmhouse. Police said Pedro had sustained a minor dog bite and other injuries in the incident.