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Retired Army personnel goes on rampage in Palwal, kills six


Palwal, Jan 2 (PTI): A retired Army personnel, believed to be mentally unstable, reportedly bludgeoned six people to death with a rod and also attacked policemen in the early hours here on Tuesday, police said.

The accused, identified as Naresh Dhankhad (45), went on a rampage between 2 and 4 am in a two km stretch between Agra Chowk and Camp Colony.

A resident of Macchgar near Ballabhgarh, Dhankad, after retiring from the army on medical grounds, was working with the ariculture department as a CDO, a police spokesperson said.

His first victim was a woman named Anjum who was sleeping outside a private hospital here and her killing was recorded on a CCTV camera in the area.

He then went to Agra Road intersection where he killed three more people. Then a little farther, he killed two others. Some of the bodies have not been identified yet.

Palwal Superintendent of Police Sulochna Kumari said as soon as the police received information, they started sending people, who were either sleeping or working outside, indoors.

After the day broke, police personnel saw the accused and when they attempted to nab him, he attacked. The injured police personnel were referred to Faridabad for treatment, she said.

He did not attempt to loot anyone and the people he targeted were security guards, beggars or the poor, she said.

Dhankad, after his arrest, was taken to the civil hospital from where doctors referred him to Faridabad. His psychological evaluation would be carried out.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Abhimanyu Lohan said prima facie it seemed that he carried out the killings without a reason.

A high alert has been issued in the city, the police spokesperson said.


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Really a sad incidents and may be due to dejection and rejection he experienced while on service

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Very sad incident.It is not first time that ex army workers/Navy people who have experienced extreem hardships ,seen people killing ,sufferings later suffer from psychological unstabilitates.Cant live a normal life.All of a sudden they go wild and think they are in their army and start harassing,killing people.They dont know what they are doing.such people need guidence,cant be left alone without someone with them.Hope Govt.will give some compansation to the family of killed persons.May their souls rest in peace.

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Sad indeed. Even our servicemen are under stress. They need help. We recognize their service and better treatment.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Even our Army is FRUSTRATED ...

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