Finger at police

The anger against police's callous attitude was palpable at the Nasariganj house of Rohtas business tycoon Dudheshwarnath Prasad, 55, who was kidnapped on Wednesday.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 14.10.17
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The anger against police's callous attitude was palpable at the Nasariganj house of Rohtas business tycoon Dudheshwarnath Prasad, 55, who was kidnapped on Wednesday.

Dudheshwarnath's brother-in-law, Madan Prasad, who rushed from Dehri-on-Sone town on hearing the news, said: "Had the police acted swiftly, Dudheshwar ji could have been rescued. The police' scallousness cannot be ignored."

Dudheshwarnath's brother Pappunath Prasad, along with other relatives, had informed the station house officer (SHO) of Nasariganj police station, Samrat Singh, within 10-15 minutes of the incident. SHO Singh, however, spent half-an-hour in attending the call of nature and thereafter inquiring about the incident from the relatives.

"Precious time was lost in initial inquiry. I repeatedly requested the SHO to send a team to follow the kidnappers on their exit route. The SHO kept on asking silly questions. First, he went to attend the call of nature and then started asking silly questions," said an agitated Pappunath Prasad, brother of the kidnapped businessman, who deals in edible oil and grocery in Rohtas and its neighbouring districts.

The incident took place around 5.55am when Dudheshwarnath, along with his neighbour and old friend Ashok, had gone for a morning walk. Four criminals travelling in a white SUV whisked him away at pistolpoint," said a close relative Ajay Kumar.

Ajay and Bunty, relatives of Dudheshwarnath, were the first to report the incident at the police station, which is hardly half-a-kilometre away from the victim's residence. "The way the cops at the police station reacted even after being informed is a matter of concern. Initial hours of a kidnapping are important," said Ajay.

Ajay claimed that by 6.20am they had reached the Nasariganj police station to lodge an FIR. The relatives, however, denied receiving ransom calls from the kidnappers. A source said Rs 80 lakh had been demanded for the release. The relatives said earlier the family had not received any extortion call or faced any problem. "Dudheshwarnath ji had no enmity," Madan added.

Dudheshwarnath's health is a matter of concern for the family. "He is suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. He is also facing kidney related problems. He survives on essential drugs. If those are not provided to him on a regular basis, it could pose a threat to his life," said a relative.

The captive's wife, Geeta Devi, has sought the intervention of chief minister Nitish Kumar. "I request the chief minister through your esteemed newspaper to initiate steps for the safe and early recovery of my husband. I hope Nitish ji will do something for the safe release of my husband," she told The Telegraph, two days after the abduction.

The family is organising a special puja for the quick release of Dudheshwar, who is still in the custody of the kidnappers.

Sanjay Kumar, a sub-inspector of police posted at Nasariganj police station in Rohtas, said: "All police officials from the SP to the SHO are engaged in the operation. We are close to solving the case."