It may look outlandish even for a Bollywood script but it really happened in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh. In a filmy style, someone dialed 100 for police help at midnight but when the police reached the spot with its Dial 100 police vehicle, they turned out to be thugs. A gang of kidnappers, waiting for the police vehicle to arrive, attacked the men in uniform. The kidnappers stripped 2 cops and an officer- went dressed in Khaki to kidnap a girl in wee hours.
Nobody knew this sensational incident till noon when a local reporter broke the story.
SP Iqbal Riyaz confirmed the news to a media group saying that cops were overpowered by goons, stripped and tied them up naked to a pole. Moreover, they took away their uniforms, phones and the vehicle to kidnap a girl in the godly hours.
What really happened?
Head constable Prakash Mandal and ASI Subhash Dubey received an SOS at 11.30 pm in the police station. When the team went to the village, a man was lying face-down on the ground. Cops got out of the car and approached the man, suddenly he rolled over and pointed guns at them, taking policemen by surprise.
Snatching their vehicle and uniforms, kidnappers drove off to the house of 20 year old Nirjala Patel in the same village. When they knocked on the door, the girl’s father was suspicious at the midnight knock but he opened the door only after seeing a police van through the window.
They told him that they needed the girl for her statement in the police station and took her away. The suspicious father tried to come along but they kicked him out.
An inevitable question is being raised after the incident- If the police are not safe in the state, how would they keep the citizens safe?