Four held for murderous assault on scribe in Hisar

The Haryana Police finally arrested four people on charges of executing a murderous assault on a Hisar-based senior journalist, who had allegedly exposed the nexus of ambulance operators, chemists and government doctors in Hisar. The four arrested were allegedly running chemist shops and ambulances in Hisar, and used to deceive patients and their attendants in connivance with government hospital doctors to mint money. The journalist was attacked when he carried a series of articles exposing the nexus.

The incident took place at Hisar's Dabra Chowk on Sunday night, when Rakesh Kranti, a senior journalist of Hindi daily the Dainik Bhaskar, was on his way home. The accused allegedly blocked his way and assaulted him. As a result of the assault, Rakesh suffered multiple fractures in his limbs. Doctors said he sustained over three dozen fractures in his limbs.

The Hisar police registered a case against unidentified people, and finally succeeded in arresting four persons. The accused include Anil, his brother Jitender, and Prince and Arjun. While Anil and Jitender run two ambulances and also chemist shops, Prince and Arjun are their employees.

During interrogation, Anil told the police that on Satuday night, he had also smashed windowpanes of Rakesh's car, so that he came on a motorbike the following day, and it would have been easy for them to attack him.

"Anil also revealed an ongoing doctors-chemists-ambulance operators' nexus in Hisar. He said that in connivance with a few doctors his brother and he used to get patients referred to Rohtak, but instead of taking the patients to Rohtak, they got them admitted at private hospitals near their chemist shops. They used to charge commission from private hospitals and also charge money for their ambulances. Patients bought medicines from their chemist shops," said Hisar Superintendent of Police Satheesh Balan. He added, "The nexus was exposed by Kranti in a series of articles over the last one year. Anil had even met Kranti, and asked him not to publish the articles, but when the journalist refused, Anil hatched a conspiracy with others and finally assaulted him on Sunday night,"

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