BHOPAL: A former sarpanch of Chaubasa village, Dhar district (Madhya Pradesh) was reportedly kidnapped and sodomised by a gang as an act of revenge. A group of 13 tribal men abducted the former sarpanch and two of his aides on March 20.
According to Jhabua Kotwali police station in charge ML Bhati, the 13 abductors, embarked on two jeeps stopped the 38-year-old ex-sarpanch and his two aides while the trio were speeding on motorcycle through jungles in Amba Khora village on March 20. The three were on their way to finalise a marriage proposal.
"The 13 men blamed the ex-sarpanch for aiding a married woman from their village, to elope with a man from Dhar district six months ago. The former village head of Chaubsa (Dhar) and his two aides were subsequently lugged into the jeeps and taken to dense forests," said Bhati.
A case of abduction of the trio was lodged against the abductors on March 20 itself at Para outpost of Jhabua Kotwali police station and search began for the kidnapped trio since then.
Based on specific tip-off, the abducted trio was rescued from Udaigarh forests of Alirajpur distrit of MP (400 km from state capital Bhopal) and all 13 kidnappers arrested on the night of March 26.
"Investigations conducted after the the rescue, revealed that not only were the trio kidnapped, but the ex-sarpanch was also sodomised by three men repeatedly in the jungles over six days to avenge the eloping of a married woman from their village with a man," said Bhati.
The medical examination of the ex-sarpanch too has confirmed the unnatural act, after which while 10 men accused of kidnapping have been sent to jail, the remaining three men, accused of gang sodomy and kidnapping, were taken to police remand for questioning till Tuesday.