After posting $3,000 cash bail, Moses Acloque walked out free, two days after hitting and dragging Kanchan Patel under his truck for
Patel, a mother of three and a recent
American citizen worked at the Arbor
Inn in Wrentham, Massachusetts, with
her husband Dahyabhai Patel.
Acloque, 22, whose father is a detective
in Boston, pleaded not guilty at his
arraignment in Wrentham District Court,
Acloque is charged with leaving the
scene of a collision causing death, motor
vehicle homicide by negligent operation,
leaving the scene of a personal injury
crash, two counts of leaving the scene of
property damage and driving while
license to operate suspended.
“The investigation is continuing and we
may add more charges,” David Traub, a
spokesperson for the Norfolk District
Attorney, told India Abroad.
The DA’s office requested a $5,000 bail
and GPS monitoring of the suspect, but
his attorney Rudy Miller asked that the
bail amount be set at $2,500.
Miller said Acloque, who assembles
garage doors, came from a prominent
and responsible family and was
‘depressed’ by what happened. ‘He’s a
decent human being,’ Miller claimed in
The police said he showed no remorse
when arrested along with a friend.
Miller claimed Acloque was fleeing
attackers at the motel and he did not
know that his vehicle had hit anyone.
Judge Emogene Johnson Smith
ordered a $3,000 cash bail with GPS
exclusion zones to include the Arbor Inn.
The case will be heard December 19.
According to the timeline of events
noted by the district attorney’s office in
court, a state trooper saw a grey and a
white Ford F-150 driving down Route 1 at
high speed around 10 pm, November 18.
The driver of the truck told the trooper
that he drove erratically to attract the
police’s attention since a white truck
ahead had just run someone over.
Meanwhile, Acloque had entered a
parking lot and was beginning to drive
away when Trooper Sean O’Brien arrived.
‘As I approached Acloque, it appeared
that he had a deer carcass wedged under-
neath the truck,’ Trooper O’Brien wrote in
his report. ‘I could hear the sound of
something being dragged.’
The trooper said his investigation had
determined that before Acloque was
stopped, he and the passenger in his vehi-
cle, Michael Skuncik, 22, had got out and
inspected the body the vehicle was drag-
They both decided to leave the parking
lot after seeing Patel’s motionless body,
Acloque was at the motel earlier to
watch Monday Night Football at a party.
Prosecutors said he refused to pay when
asked for money, but his defense attorney
claimed he was visiting friends.
When Acloque and the friend were
leaving the motel, the staff demanded
payment and there were arguments.
Kanchan and her husband were not
parties to the dispute, reports said.
Acloque and his friend rushed out and
got into the vehicle and hit Patel and her
husband when they attempted to stop
him from leaving, reports said.
While the husband escaped with minor
injuries, Kanchan was pulled under the
Acloque, ‘with complete carelessness
and disregard for human life, accelerated
so quickly that the truck left a long
burnout patch in the parking lot’ at the
motel, the police report said.
Acloque was driving with a license that
had been suspended.
Miller claimed his client drove away
because he was attempting to escape an
assault by three men including one motel
employee. The prosecution denied the
Woman killed, dragged by vehicle for 3 miles, driver gets bail
California doctor Harmandeep Rai and his friend Rupinder (Ruby) Kaur have alleged that they were ill-treated and humiliated at Delhi airport.
Rai claimed the airport police beat him up.
The police have denied the charges, and claim their
action was in response to Dr Rai’s drunk and abusive
September 29, when Dr Rai and Kaur arrived at the
Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Kaur
was pulled aside for questioning over what the airport
police described as her resemblance to someone mentioned
in a lookout circular.
She said she was unlawfully interrogated, detained and
mentally tortured by Indian immigration and police officers at the airport.
“I was scared of these officers because there was no lady
cop or immigration officer in the room,” alleged Kaur. She
added that officials asked her personal and embarrassing
questions, which had nothing to do with her resemblance
to a wanted person.
Her request that her family be informed about her
detainment was turned down. She was allegedly told they
were not her servants and that she could not expect special
After being interrogated for about four hours, Kaur was
allowed to leave. She says she still has nightmares about the
Meanwhile, Dr Rai, who was waiting outside for her,
asked immigration agents about Kaur’s whereabouts.
“I was worried about her,” said Dr Rai. He spoke to the
immigrant agents about Kaur’s status after 45 minutes and
then again after an hour. Each time he was told the matter
would take a few more hours.
After fruitless inquiries he said he sought to file a com-
“When they heard the word ‘complaint,’ they got agitated
and told me that I could not file any complaint and this
investigation could take another two hours if they wanted,”
Dr Rai said.
He alleged that an immigration officer abused him in
Hindi and threatened to break his legs.
“Another officer told the immigration officer he should
take me in the back room and teach me a lesson,” Dr Rai
He added that when he realized the situation had gone
out of hand he went back and waited by the duty-free shopping area.
After a while Dr Rai said two officers came up to him and
said they needed to speak to him in private.
He was taken to a secluded room where he alleged that
seven officers punched and kicked him.
“They told me they could make me disappear forever if
they wanted to. They forced me to (squat) on the bare floor
and told me to grab my ears from beneath my legs,” he
alleged, and when he refused the officers cursed and
Four hours later, Dr Rai was taken to a police station.
“I told (thepoliceofficer) Varinder Jain that the immigration officers had beaten me up and cursed at me. But he
said that could never happen,” said Dr Rai.
The officials charged him under sections 186 and 353 of
the Indian Penal Code, which deal with obstructing a public servant discharging public functions, and assault or
criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging
duties. He was offered bail after a night in jail.
Dr Rai said while he got back his passport, he still has a
case to fight in India.
He migrated to the US from Punjab with his parents
when he was 17, studied at the University of California-Davis and is now a licensed doctor in California.
Sub-Inspector Randhir Singh, who is investigating the
case, told India Abroad that he was not authorized to talk
to the media, and transferred the call to Delhi police officer
Varinder Jain, who had a different story to tell.
“Rai was drunk that day. He used foul language at the
airport. He abused and assaulted everybody, and hindered
the police and the immigration officers,” Jain claimed.
Jain denied that Kaur had been held for many hours.
Jain said an hour or two after being arrested the detainee
was given a medical check-up and a report filed.
He said the police had footage and the medical report to
back their charges. But the first information report does
not mention Dr Rai being drunk.
“I have never drunk a drop of alcohol in my life. Why didn’t they mention that in the FIR? Why didn’t they get the
medical lab report to (show) that I consumed alcohol?” Dr
California doctor, friend allege
ill treatment at Delhi airport
Dr Harmandeep Rai