Newspaper employee assaulted in Patna – The Indian Express
Four people allegedly thrashed a distribution executive of English daily The Telegraph after keeping him under illegal detention for two-and-a-half hours late Friday night. The incident took place around 2 am when Rakesh Kumar Singh, 42, was returning to his home in Kumhrar from a printing press in Danapur, police said.
Police said Singhâs vehicle bumped into the vehicle of the accused, a new Mahindra TUV without a registration number. Two people â one of them allegedly carrying a pistol â then forced Rakesh into their vehicle, police said. The men, who were possibly drunk, beat up Singh, hit him on the face with the butt of the pistol, police said.
The accused kept driving around Patna even as Singhâs colleagues approached Shastri Nagar police station. âThey kept beating me even though I pleaded that I would pay for the damage to their vehicle. They took my ATM card and tried to withdraw money. Though the account balance was shown as Rs 2,500, they thought it was Rs 25,000. They tried to withdraw more than my balance and failed. They also kept my wallet which had Rs 700,â Singh said. At one point, they saw Singhâs colleagues chasing them and panicked. They left behind one of the accused at Fraser Road ATM and fled towards the station. As they tried to escape, they crashed the car into the pavement and were unable to restart it.The accused then fled the car, leaving Singh inside. He was admitted to a hospital.
âA case of illegal detention and assault has been lodged. We have identified all four,â SSP Manu Maharaj said. He said prima facie, it appeared that Shastri Nagar police station had been negligent, and a message regarding the abduction should have been flashed on wireless. âWe have suspended the OC.â