A sub-inspector in the district found himself at the wrong end of the lathi when a man taken into police custody rained blows on him and escaped into the night with his money.
On Tuesday night, 40-year-old sub-inspector Someshwar Thakur was pounced upon by Lal Babu Singh, a resident of Khajuhatti Dayagiri ka Tola, when the officer had gone to resolve a family dispute around 11 in the night.
Singh’s brother Jiten had lodged an FIR with Baikunthpur police station on Monday accusing him of assaulting Jiten and taking away his money.
The brothers are embroiled in a property dispute for the past few years.
Sub-inspector Thakur, out on patrol on Tuesday night, reached the village to effect a truce between the brothers. As the sub-inspector tried to talk the brothers into reconciliation, 44-year-old Singh allegedly became infuriated and started abusing him.
Realising talks would not help the situation, Thakur took Singh into custody and put him in the police vehicle.
Soon, he was in for a surprise. Once Singh was taken into custody, his wife came out pleading to Thakur, who tried to calm her down. Other women in the village also came out of their homes and gathered around the officer. Taking advantage of the commotion, Singh jumped off the jeep and started beating up the sub-inspector.
The women, not to be left behind, started shouting “thief thief” allowing Singh to flee the scene. Thakur said he could not do anything against the assembly of the women to stop Singh from escaping.
He lodged an FIR against his attacker on Wednesday accusing him with intent to kill. He added that Singh fled with his mobile and wallet. Raids are on now to arrest Singh.