In what doctors are calling nothing short of a miracle, a youth who had been kidnapped five days back, had his head smashed with a stone, trussed up and thrown into a 500 feet deep gorge, was found alive on Friday.
A 21-year-old management student was allegedly kidnapped, taken to the woods and head smashed by three persons who suspected him of trying to get close to a girl one of them had an affair with. Five days later, he was found in a forest in critical condition. All three accused have been arrested for attacking and leaving him for dead in a forest in Indore, police said.
Mridul (20) alias Manu Bhalla of Shahgarh, Sagar, is now recuperating at Indore’s Bombay Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.
On the basis of CCTV footage and call details and with the help of some witnesses, police arrested Akash Ratnakar and his two accomplices Rohit alias Piyush and Vijay, all from Indore and in their early twenties.
Superintendent of Police, Avdesh Goswami said that Akash Ratnakar, 24, Vijay Parmar, 20, and Rohit Pareta, 23, kidnapped Mridul Bhalla from Pardesipura area on January 7 and took him to the forests near Pedmi village. They hit his head with a stone, tied him up and left him in the forest.
“They assaulted him and threw him in a trench with an intention to kill him. The victim’s father filed a missing person complaint on January 9 following which police began looking for him,” Mr Goswami said.
Mridul’s father Mohit said that he had given up his son as dead and had also told his relatives, many of whom had come to Indore. “I am thankful to God that he is alive,” he was quoted in the local media.