Juhu police team thrashed in Rajasthan village returns
A three-member team from Juhu police station, assaulted by tribals in Rajasthan on Thursday when they had gone there to arrest a robbery accused, returned to Mumbai on Saturday.mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2010 01:15 IST
A three-member team from Juhu police station, assaulted by tribals in Rajasthan on Thursday when they had gone there to arrest a robbery accused, returned to Mumbai on Saturday.
The policemen were assaulted by residents of Bambara village in Doongerpur district when they went there to arrest a villager called Dinesh who has been accused of stealing Rs 40 lakh from a Juhu clinic.
The police opened fire to disperse the mob. A tribal villager was killed in the firing. The injured officers are recuperating at KEM Hospital, Parel.
A team comprising Police Sub-Inspector A. Phadtade and three others along with the complainant in the case reached Bambara on January 11. Two other policemen in plain clothes were already waiting for them at the village.
A day earlier, Dinesh’s accomplice had been arrested from a nearby village.
Police sources said that when Dinesh got to know of the police’s arrival he summoned the villagers for help.
Around 100 tribals attacked the police team.
“Since the officers were in plain clothes, the villagers did not know that they were policemen. They thought that they wanted to abduct Dinesh,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
The tribals assaulted the police team with sticks and whatever else they could lay their hands on.
The officers tried telling them they were policemen but the villagers ignored this and tied them up to a tree. The mob also tried to set the police vehicle on fire.
“One of our team members fired in self-defence, injuring one of the villagers,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (western region), Amitabh Gupta.
One of the officers managed to escape and called a local police contingent that brought the situation under control.
Two cases have been registered at Bicchiwada police station in Rajasthan — a case of murder against the police team and a case of attempt to murder against the tribals.