Five months since the arrest of a rape accused who has now been convicted, the man who had helped police nab the criminal is still awaiting his Rs 1 lakh reward for the courageous act.
A local court had on Tuesday last sentenced Ramesh Mankar, 35, to life imprisonment for abducting, raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl on April 21 in 2013. He had dumped the body of the girl in the Veda river in Jhirniya village under Chenpura police limits.
The incident had triggered anger among the villagers, prompting police to launch a massive hunt for Ramesh. Even the then director general of police had declared a reward of Rs 1 lakh on the accused.
Ramesh had managed to remain out of police reach for more than a year before he could be nabbed on July 25 this year, thanks to Ramdas Rathore's gallant efforts.
Ramdas, a farmer, was going to Khargone to buy fertiliser when he spotted Ramesh near the Jhirniya village. He followed the accused and braved his attack before informing the incident to police who reached the spot an hour later.
Ramdas said he was very happy that the girl and her family members got justice. "But, it has been five months since the arrest of the accused and I'm still waiting for his reward," he said. However, instead of getting a pat on his back, the Chenpura police had allegedly locked him and beat him up.
Ramdas had alleged that Chenpura police station in-charge Hariprasad Yadav, head constable Dilip Thakrey and beat in-charge Ajay Dubey had threatened him not to disclose truth as it would reduce their chances of getting promotion and a cash award of Rs 1 lakh.
Khargone superintendent of police (SP) Amit Singh said they have sent a reminder tio the police headquarters. "Ramdas would get reward for his bravery act soon," the SP assured.