A top secret operation by Haryana Police to recover a truckload of cattle allegedly stolen in Rewari ended in a spectacular fiasco in Alwar in Rajasthan Friday,after a village mob assaulted some 50 policemen,snatched their wireless sets and weapons,and damaged as many as 18 vehicles. Some policemen allegedly fled in little more than their underclothes.
The incident reportedly took place in Kalu Ki Dhani in Bilaspur village under Tijara police station in Rajasthans Alwar district.
Sources said around 60 policemen from Rewari,armed with weapons and bulletproof jackets,drove some 80 km to the village in 20-odd official vehicles after Haryanas Crime Investigation Agency was tipped off about a Tata 407 truck full of cattle allegedly stolen from Dharuhera having been spotted there.
However,the raiding personnel,organised into six teams under Rewari SP Vikas Arora,ran into stiff opposition soon after they began knocking on doors in Kalu Ki Dhani. A fierce clash lasting over two hours followed,after which the police personnel were forced to run for their lives.
According to eyewitnesses,the policemen were surrounded and pelted with stones from all directions. The mob attacked and allegedly tore off the uniforms of nearly three dozen police personnel,including five inspectors and sub-inspectors,and snatched their weapons.
They put sand in the fuel tanks of the police vehicles,damaging their engines,smashed their windows and broke the communications equipment installed in them. Frantic calls to the Rajasthan police control room by the greatly outnumbered policemen brought no help,sources in the Haryana police said.
While the police of both states have tried to keep the incident under wraps,SP Arora confirmed what happened. Yes,a clash had taken place in Alwar,but our men are safe. A few vehicles got damaged as their windowpanes and doors were smashed in the stone-pelting,and a few weapons and wireless sets were also snatched away by the miscreants. We have got an FIR registered in Tijara police station of Rajasthan’s Alwar district. The Rajasthan police are investigating, he said.
Haryana DGP Ranjiv Dalal is learnt to have expressed his displeasure to Arora for the botched-up operation.
Rewari deputy SP Mahender Singh Rana said,The police teams were cornered by the mob. We had gone there in connection with a case registered at Dharuhera police station,pertaining to theft of a truck filled with cattle. Rajasthan police have registered a case against villagers for restricting government officials from performing their official duty,assault,snatching and theft.
Inspector Rohtash Lal Devender,station house officer Tijara police station,said,There was no lapse on our part. The moment we received information,we reached the spot and brought the situation under control. We were not informed by the Haryana Police about their operation. Otherwise,we could have supported them. We have recovered all the equipment that the Haryana police mentioned in their complaint. No arrests have been made so far.