A retired Army officer, who refused a local goon’s “order” to get rid of his “intimidating, bushy” moustache, had a part of his ear chopped off by the goon in Bihta, Bihar.
The incident took place late Monday night when ex-Army official Ramanuj Verma (45) was returning from Bihta market to Kaudia village. Nanku Yadav, a fellow villager with a criminal past, stopped Verma and asked him to shave off his “intimidating” moustache by Wednesday or “face dire consequences”. Verma retorted saying it was against his “honour to shave off his moustache, that too under the order of a petty goon”.
Verma told police that Yadav then took out his knife and attacked him, chopping off the lower part of his left ear. Verma retaliated, hitting Yadav’s jaw with his fist. Yadav then fled with Verma’s motorbike and abandoned it at a distance.
Verma, currently under treatment at a hospital in Bihta, said, “Nanku would often say I should not sport a bushy moustache because I look intimidating. I would say a moustache is the pride of an Army man. How can a petty goon ask me to remove my moustache?”
Bihta police station in-charge Sanjeet Kumar Sinha said, “Verma challenged Yadav over the matter and broke his jaw. The two were known to each other.”
Sinha said the police have lodged case of attempt of murder against Yadav and are looking for him.
Victim told the judge that she was being forced to relive the incident as she was made to appear in court again.
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