PATNA: A British couple on adventure tour had a harrowing experience when some miscreants misbehaved with them during their stay along the bank of the Ganga in Patna district of Bihar on Sunday night.
Police said Mathew Kidd and his wife Jessi Kidd had taken a boat ride from holy town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand to reach Kolkata in West Bengal. They had embarked on the tour on September 27 this year, according to the police.
On Sunday night, the couple reached Pandarak village in Patna on way to his final destination and took rest on the vast sandy bed of the river. Hardly had they taken shelter, some hooligans reached near them and asked for selfies with them which they instantly agreed.
Soon thereafter, however, the hooligans began mishearing with them and also tried to rob them, finding them alone at the sand bed. With no alternative in sight, the couple eventually jumped into the river and reached a village after swimming for some hours, shouting for help.
Witnesses said no villagers could understand their problem since they were speaking in English but got to know the couple was in trouble and hurriedly informed the police which rushed to the spot and provided them shelter.
Acting on the information provided by the tourist, the police have arrested two persons while raids were on to nab other absconding accused.
“Some persons misbehaved with them and also tried to rob them. we have arrested two accused persons in this regard. The coupe is safe,” Patna’s senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj told the media today.
Earlier in 2010 a Japanese tourist was gang-raped by five persons in Gaya district of Bihar. The tourist from Tokyo was on way to Gaya railway station on a hired auto-rickshaw when the accused persons overpowered her at an isolated place and raped her.