A border security force (BSF) constable, who was brutally thrashed by four men including two policemen on May 31, is demanding justice in Dhar district.
Bed-ridden and partially paralyzed, victim Mahesh Muwel is a resident of Khalghat village in Dhar district and is currently posted at Murshidabad in West Bengal. After spending a month-long vacation with his family, Muwel was returning to join his unit. This incident happened when he was on his way to Indore by a private bus.
Muwel, who was commissioned in 1996, alleges that police are trying to protect attackers by lodging a complaint against ‘unidentified people’ despite his identifying one of them as senior constable Suresh Bhadoriya.
While narrating his ordeal to Hindustan Times on the day he was attacked, Muwel, a father of four daughters, said he left home on that day at around 8.15 pm to catch the Kshipra Express from Indore. While he was travelling from Dhar to Indore in a private bus, had a argument with the bus cleaner over a seat as he was asked to vacate that seat for other person. He refused to do so.
“Later the cleaner forced me to get down from bus near Ratlam by-pass for no fault of mine. As I was looking for a lift, four unidentified men came in a vehicle and started beating me with sticks and rods. I did try to convince them I am a BSF constable by showing them my identity card, but in vain. A few minutes later they realized their fault and tried to cover up the matter by forcing me to consume alcohol as that would help them prove me guilty,” said Muwel.
The assailants snatched his mobile phone and took away all money that he had, and left him on the road in a bad condition. After sometime, a passerby noticed him and called his parents and wife. They first admitted him to Bhoj District hospital, and from there his parents took him to a private hospital where he was treated for a week. “Doctors discharged me on June 8, advising me to take two months’ bed rest as my spinal cord had got damaged in that incident,” Muwel said.
When contacted, Dhar superintendent of police (SP) Rajesh Hingankar said that Nogaon police had registered Muwel’s complaint and on the basis of his statement a case has been registered against four unidentified persons, including two who were in police uniform, under sections 452 (assault or wrongful restraint) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code.
“We have handed over the investigation to city SP Vikram Singh and if the victim identifies any of the assailants in police uniform then he must inform Singh and police will act against the accused as per the norms immediately,” Hingankar said.