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Police investigation so far revealed that the incident took place out of domestic violence heaped on Shital Rathod. The victim allegedly thrashed his wife in a drunken stupor following which she sought help from her brother, Anil Chauhan, who came to their house in his mini tempo. When matters only worsened, they tied the man with a rope to the tempo and dragged him for about 500 metres on the road, leaving him with serious head injuries. The man was admitted in SMIMER hospital in a critical condition.
Police detained the duo on charges of allegedly attempting to kill Balkrushna Rathod, a labourer in a dyeing mill. The duo will be arrested if they test negative for Covid-19, police said. The victim’s family is from Jalgaon district in Maharashtra.
According to police, Balkrushna returned home drunk in Durganagar locality in Kadodara on Friday afternoon and started fighting with Shital and also beat her up. The woman then called up her brother asking him to come over. Chauhan, who drives a mini tempo, arrived at the spot and asked his brother-in-law not to thrash his sister.
“The victim did not stop and instead abused both brother and sister. The woman told the police that Balkrushna often thrashed her and also failed to return home for days at a stretch,” said a police officer at Kadodara police station.
After the victim continued to ransack things in the house, Chauhan tried to control him and when he failed the duo decided to teach him a lesson. “The brother-sister duo first thrashed the man and then tied one hand of the victim to the tempo and dragged him in speed for around half a kilometre,” said the police.
Seeing the man being dragged behind a tempo, locals chased it and forced Chauhan to stop. They thrashed the accused and handed him over to the police. The injured victim was shifted to a private hospital in Kadodara, but after his condition worsened, he was shifted to SMIMER hospital in the city.
“The victim is still unconscious and his condition is critical due to severe head injuries,” police added.
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