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Street justice for ex-armyman

People thrashed a retired armyman on Monday after he allegedly misbehaved with a middle-aged woman on the busy Bailey Road near Patna Women’s College in a purportedly drunken state.

Though the woman did not lodge any formal complaint, the former soldier, identified as Bimal Kumar, a resident of Paliganj in Patna rural, has been detained for interrogation at Kotwali police station.

The accused was posted as a security guard at a nationalised bank on Buddha Marg.

Around 4pm, the woman was riding pillion on her son’s motorcycle when Bimal rammed his two-wheeler into theirs in front of Patna High Court. The youth, driving the motorcycle, protested against the former soldier’s act and asked him to mend his ways.

Bimal retaliated by hurling abuses at the youth and also passed derogatory remarks about his mother, who was standing beside her son. At this, the woman sprang to the defence of her son, who had by then held up his helmet to thwart an attack by the former armyman.

Bimal, who was wearing a police uniform, got into an altercation with the woman. This drew the attention of passers-by who gathered in large numbers. Emboldened by the public support, the woman hit Bimal with her slippers. The public joined in.

Alerted, a traffic constable deputed near the high court reached the spot and saved Bimal from the mob fury.

The traffic constable, too, had to face the wrath of the people, who were in no mood to let go of the retired armyman.

The mob dispersed from the site only after Kotwali police station house officer Alok Kumar rushed to the spot and took the retired armyman into custody.

“We have sent him for a breathalyser test to ascertain where he was driving the motorcycle under the influence of liquor,” the station house officer told The Telegraph.

He, however, clarified that he had not received any formal complaint from the woman. “The police may lodge a suo motu case is the victim does not turn up at the police station. But first, we have to wait for the complaint,” he added.

Only a fortnight ago, a group of anti-socials intercepted a cash van and looted Rs 1 crore on the outskirts of the state capital. The money belonged to a bank. The police have so far failed to make any breakthrough in the case.

Imposter in net

Police on Monday busted a gang involved in duping people in the garb of police officers.

The kingpin of the gang, identified as Akhilendra Kishore, who was impersonating an IPS officer, was apprehended from an area falling under the jurisdiction of Agamkuan police station.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said a woman, who was associated with the gang, had also been detained for interrogation.

Kishore’s two associates, Praveen Kumar and Deepak Kumar, residents of Agamkuan and Kankerbagh respectively, have also been arrested.

The senior superintendent of police said six cellphones, a car, two laptops, fake official seals of the sub-registrar of Patna City, the director of IGIMS and IGIC, Patna, police uniforms, several pairs of shoes, caps and belts were seized during the raid.


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