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Rogues attack disabled teen

Two teenagers, one of them physically challenged, were assaulted and robbed by a gang of rogues near Tatanagar late on Tuesday evening.

Fifteen-year-old Mahesh Kumar and Munna Yadav were found in unconscious state at Gulab Bari, a stone’s throw from the railway station, in Bagbera police station area around 7am on Wednesday. Both bore grievous marks of injury on their faces and other body parts, and are being treated at MGM Medical College and Hospital.

According to hospital sources, Munna has returned to his senses, but Jugsalai resident Mahesh — who lost fingers of his left hand in an accident in the past and braves odds to run a betel shop — is yet to recover from the trauma caused by head injuries and is critical.

Munna, who works at a cloth store in Jugsalai and is a resident of the same neighbourhood as Mahesh, recounted their horror encounter.

The two friends were walking along Bagbera-Station Road around 10pm on Tuesday, when four youths accosted them. “They asked us to empty our pockets. Mahesh protested and they started beating us up. I fell down while Mahesh lost his senses. They took away our cellphones. I tried to run away, but was caught and beaten up again,” the teenager told reporters from his hospital bed.

The last Munna remembers before he lost consciousness was being frisked for money and valuables. “I don’t know where they went after that. I woke up in hospital. My friend is still unconscious,” Munna said pointing to the next bed where Mahesh lay.

Munna’s father Chandrashekhar Yadav said they had informed Bagbera police about the assault and snatching. “My son works at a cloth store and returns home late. Yesterday, he went out with friends and was attacked,” he said.

Bagbera OC Shailendra Kumar confirmed that they had received a complaint. “We will find out who all were behind the attack. Night patrolling will be intensified on the stretch where the incident took place,” he said, adding that police would bring the culprits to book soon.