Road robbers struck in the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Gaya, chopping off four fingers of a private college assistant professor after they discovered he did not possess any precious metal.
The victim, Kapil Kumar, who teaches at Shaheed Baliram Singh Yadav College in Gaya, 110 km south of Patna, was to get married on June 3.
Kumar was returning home on his motorbike from Gaya to Bodh Gaya after distributing his wedding invitation cards when the robbers chased him on a motorbike and intercepted him near Gaya airport on Saturday evening. They gagged Kumar with a piece of cloth and thrashed him, after dragging him into the bushes off the deserted road.
Kumar told the police the robbers were looking for gold bracelet, chains or rings on him. “On not finding any precious metal on me, they chopped off my fingers. One of the robbers told his companion to kill me. Fortunately, good sense prevailed on them and they left me in the bushes writhing in pain,” he said.
The victim has lodged a case at the Bodh Gaya police station.
Gaya city superintendent of police Awakash Kumar did not respond to repeated phone calls or text messages.
However, Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Mallick told HT, “Though such an incident has been reported, I am not sure if it was a road hold-up. I’ll have to check with the police station concerned.Call me after 15 minutes.”
When HT called back, Mallick said, “I haven’t been able to verify it, as I am in a meeting. I’ll call you back as soon as I get a confirmation.”
She, however, did not revert till the filing of the report.