Madhya Pradesh: Main Ram Navami violence accused in jail since March; questions over police action

Madhya Pradesh: Main Ram Navami violence accused in jail since March; questions over police action

Bhopal: Three people whose names have been released by the police for attempt to murder in the communal clashes that broke out in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district earlier this month have been in jail since March, raising questions on the police investigation into the case.

Three men, who have been in jail since their arrest last month, are accused of setting a motorcycle on fire at Sendhwa in Barwani district on April 10. This was the second place where communal clashes took place on Ram Navami.

A case was registered against him in the same police station where the case of attempt to murder was registered. When asked about the lapse, police officials said that a case has been registered on the basis of the statement of the complainant.

Senior police officer Manohar Singh said, “We will investigate the matter and take his information from the jail superintendent, based on the allegations of the complainant, a case has been registered.” 

The trio have been identified as Shabaz, Fakru and Rauf. All three are in jail in connection with the attempt to murder case registered against them on March 5.

Houses demolished after communal clashes

Shahbaz’s mother Sakina has alleged that her house was vandalized after the communal clashes and no notice was given to her. 

“The police came here, my son is in jail for almost one and a half months. He was arrested after a fight but the police came threw us out, my child is in jail so I want to ask why the FIR was registered against him. We told the policemen that he is jail but no one was ready to listen to us. We folded our hands, apologized. They have taken my younger son also,” she said.

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On the instructions of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the district administration and police on Sunday demolished the illegal buildings of those involved in the attack on Ram Navami processions. 

Officials used bulldozers on about 45 houses and shops. Around 16 houses and 29 shops were vandalized on Monday. Violence erupted in Khargone and Barwani after stones were pelted at the Ram Navami procession. According to officials, at least 24 people, including six policemen, were injured in the violence.

first published:April 15, 2022, 3:03 p.m.

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