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Brutal attack on sarpanch for demanding money

A TRIBAL sarpanch is struggling for his life in the district hospital following a murderous assault on him by three powerful people of his village. His sin, he dared to demand Rs 40,000 cash and a mobile the three had allegedly borrowed from him.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 12:53 IST

A TRIBAL sarpanch is struggling for his life in the district hospital following a murderous assault on him by three powerful people of his village. His sin, he dared to demand Rs 40,000 cash and a mobile the three had allegedly borrowed from him.

The three made a brutal attack on Kamlesh Rajgond, the sarpanch of Chaulla village with sword and lathis when he was returning from a temple on Saturday. Now, he is lying in hospital bed with multiple fractures in both hands and legs.

According to Kamlesh, when he was coming to the village after withdrawing Rs 40,000 – the government money — from a bank, the three Thillu Kurmi, Karan Kurmi and Narayn Patel, asked him to give it some time back. According to him, he withdrew the money for making payment for development works in the village.

The three, he claimed, promised to return the money soon, but that never happened. The three took away his mobile worth Rs 5,000 a few days after that. When he asked to return the money and mobile, they threatened to beat him before all villagers.

Gharhakota police station SHO Ramesh Ghanghoriya said the case was being investigated by the SDOP. The case has been registered against the three under section 294, 506, 324, and 34 of IPC. The police also registered the case 3-1-10 under the SC/ST Act. All three are still at large.

The Sarpanch also alleged that Thillu possessed a pistol and threatened those watching the thrashing with dire consequences, if they dared to help him. With no one coming for his help they had beaten his husband before all villagers, including their relatives at 3.30 pm, his wife Anusuiya told this correspondent.

The police reached the spot after two hours and took him to the hospital in Gharhakota. Ramkali, a relative of Kamlesh, alleged that the three had threatened the community members and the relatives to face the consequences if they visited the hospital or helped family in any manner.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 12:53 IST