Masihuzzama Ansari and Shahid Suman
NEW DELHI/PATNA—The Bihar police is yet to take any action against fifty vandals who broke open into a marble showroom owned by a Muslim in Transportnagar area of Patna on Dec 9 and vandalized the business establishment. The owner and his staff were brutally assaulted by the marauders and the Agamkua police officials were looking the other way, alleged his family members.
Charging the police for inaction, the family members said that the attackers brought a JCB machine and demolished the showroom and godown. During the illegal crackdown, both the owner and two staffers were seriously injured. The family members told India Tomorrow that police under pressure was not acting against the goondas and despite 26 days passing by following the incident, the criminals were roaming free on the roads instead of being behind the bars.
Owais Ahmed is the owner of the showroom which goes by the name Delta Marble Point which falls under the jurisdiction of Agamkuan Police station of Patna Police.
His brother, Dr Arshad, alleged “The attackers want to gobble up our land and they are using the government and administration in this heinous crime against us. They think we are minorities and weak and so, our land can be easily grabbed,” he said.
The brutal attack was such that Owais Ahmed sustained serious face injuries and his nose bone was broken. He has sustained deep wounds and his staffers have received head and spinal injuries and currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
The family members in their complaint said that the goons looted Rs 3 lakh in cash, destroyed marble stock worth crores of rupees and vandalized the vehicles parked in the showroom area.
“The organized criminal attack with the blessings of Patna police continued brazenly for next one and a half hours where the JCB demolished the showroom. The police was informed on the control room number but it reached very late,” Dr Arshad alleged.
The family has lodged a complaint against unidentified persons numbering 40 while those identified goons with their names are yet to be arrested. The police have not invoked serious IPC charges against the accused.
Agamkuan SHO Abhijit Kumar told India Tomorrow, “The named accused are currently on bail while the unnamed are still at large. Investigation is on to arrest the absconding accused,” he said.
The family members further alleged that the police were hand in glove with the accused and reached one and half hours late at the spot despite being informed immediately at the time of the incident taking place.