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Snatching & threat charges on sightless man

- Accused plans to take appeal to chief minister’s janata durbar in hope of justice in case

Patna, June 10: Visually impaired Shanker Mohinta has been accused of robbing a member of the Dehri municipal council in Rohtas district.

Mohinta (49) was shocked to learn about a complaint lodged by one Sudhir Ram, the nazir-cum-cashier of Dehri municipal council, with the Dehri-on-Sone police station, alleging that the former hurled abuses, snatched Rs 3,000 and threatened him with dire consequences.

The visually challenged man came to know about his involvement in the crime only when a police team from Dalmianagar police outpost reached his Mathurapur Colony house a few days ago. The team, headed by sub-inspector Ram Kumar Pal, asked Mohinta to contact his Dehri counterparts as his name figured in a robbery case.

Awadhesh Kumar, the husband of the local ward councillor, Prabha Devi, accompanied the police officers. They left after Mohinta assured them that he would meet the station house officer of the Dehri-on-Sone police station. “Dekho der mat karna, nahi to jail chale jayoge (Don’t delay lest you are sent to jail),” the sub-inspector reportedly told Mohinta.

Shocked, Mohinta immediately contacted Dehri police station house officer (SHO) Anil Kumar Singh, who, in turn, asked him either to mend his ways or face the music. “You have been charged with robbery and causing hindrance in the discharge of official duty, which is a cognisable offence,” Mohinta quoted the SHO as saying.

Mohinta pleaded his innocence and sought the intervention of Dehri sub-divisional police officer Ashok Kumar in the matter. He also approached Rohtas superintendent of police Vikas Burman, requesting the latter to ensure justice to him as he had been implicated in the case.

“I am visually impaired. I can’t move without the support of an assistant. How can I snatch money from a public servant in his office and threaten him with dire consequences?” he asked and told senior police officers to get his name deleted from the complaint.

Mohinta also narrated his tale of woes to the Dehri sub-divisional officer, Mohammad Shahid, but to no avail. “I am now tired of visiting one office after another but nothing has happened so far. I have no other option but to appear before the chief minister’s janata durbar to bring the matter to his notice,” he said over the phone from Dehri-on-Sone, around 165km southwest of Patna.

He apprehended that Ram, the nazir-cum cashier, might have submitted the complaint against him at the behest of social development officer Raj Kumar Gupta, who nursed a grudge against Mohinta. “I had been pressuring him for the past two months to ensure the payment of allowances (pension) to the differently abled. Once he got so agitated that he asked me to get lost,” he added.

Gupta confirmed receipt of the complaint. “But we have requested the SHO not to pursue the case,” said Gupta, an employee of the social welfare department.

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