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US National attacked: Clueless Police hunts miscreants

india Updated: May 02, 2007 01:43 IST
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The Raipur police have begun investigation and launched a search operation to trace unidentified miscreants who attacked and seriously injured a US National on Monday late night.

“On the basis of previous account about similar attacks on foreign nationals in the state the police had begun investigation and the hunt is on to trace the offenders”, said CSP Shashi Mohan Singh of civil lines police station, where the case of attack has been registered. The police, still clueless, suspects the incident to be the handiwork of those who are opposing Missionaries and their ideology. “Presently we are relying on the statements given by the injured US National Steve Elison”, said Ravindra Upadhya, an investigating official.

Elison, a resident of Washington DC, was attacked by unknown miscreants while he was returning home. The brutal attack left him unconscious on the road and was rushed to the hospital by passers-by where he underwent several stitches on his head.

Police suspect the incident to be the handiwork of those who are opposing Missionaries and their ideology.

The attack on foreign nationals is the second one in Chhattisgarh capital in a span of just two months. Earlier in February this year, around 15 unidentified scoundrels attacked four US Nationals in Raipur, who were participating in the prayer meeting. The police admitted that Hindu hardliners have stepped up attacks on foreigners in this tribal state in recent months, holding them responsible for converting local tribal and poor into Christian through their educational and humanitarian involvements in Chhattisgarh. Though none of the organisations have owned up the Monday attack till now.

Elison is married to an Indian Purnima Singh and was staying here since early this year after they migrated from Jaipur, informed the police. Purnima is related to a royal family of Sarangarh in Chhattisgarh.

Traumatized by the attack, Elison have expressed fears of more similar attacks. He recollected that miscreants while thrashing him shouted at him to go back to a place where he belongs.