BJP sarpanch held as politics boils over Dhar mob lynching in Madhya Pradesh

Six arrested, 5 cops suspended; govt orders SIT probe

Kamal-Nath-PTI File photo of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath | Path

Politics is on boil in Madhya Pradesh with the opposition BJP attacking the Congress government over mob lynching of a farmer in Manawar of Dhar on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a BJP sarpanch has been detained for instigating the crowd, giving a further political angle to the issue.

Also, five cops, including the in-charge of the Manawar police station, Yuvraj Singh Chouhan, have been suspended. Role of other police officials is being looked into, Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP), V.K. Singh, told media persons in Indore.

Dhar superintendent of police Aditya Pratap Singh confirmed that Ramesh Junapani, BJP sarpanch of Junapani village, has been detained for instigating the crowd. Three persons have already been identified from the video of the incident and named in the FIR. Five arrests have been made in the case, the SP said.

Public relations minister P.C. Sharma said a special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the incident.

The attack on government was led by ex-chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava, who accused the Congress government of turning Madhya Pradesh into ‘Talibani Pradesh’.

Meanwhile, general administration minister Govind Singh caused a rumble, saying that those involved in the incident are followers of the RSS and the BJP, and such mentality could be seen only among the supporters of these outfits. He said the government is alert and serious about the incident.

The victim, Ganesh Khasi, was lynched and five of his associates brutally beaten in Borlai village near Manawar on Wednesday afternoon. The six farmers from Indore and Ujjain were brutally assaulted by a mob of around 200 persons following rumours of child lifting and abduction of a Khirakia villager.

They were chased from Khirakia village under Tirla police station, about 25 km from Borlai, where they had gone to collect money paid to Khirakia-based labourers, who did not turn up for work for which they had been paid.

The crowd had tried to accost them at Junapani village too, and finally surrounded in Borlai where a weekly market was on and a large crowd was present.

BJP attacks govt; minister rakes up RSS angle 

Former chief minister Chouhan attacked the Kamal Nath government saying within a year, the state has been turned into a ‘Talibani’ state, where people were killed with lathis and boulders. Alleging that police had been informed by the victims about the danger in advance, yet failed to act, the ex-CM also raked up a sensitive angle saying whether police would now act after asking the caste and religion of the people. “Is there hand being tied?” he asked.

Leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava also said the state has been turned into a ‘Talibani’ state and added that the issue would be prominently taken up in the budget session of the assembly coming up next month and government would have to reply for its failures.

Chief minister Kamal Nath had tweeted late on Wednesday night, expressing shock over the incident, saying he has directed that strict action should be taken against all those responsible.

Higher education minister Jitu Patwari and health minister Tulsi Silawat met the injured persons in Indore hospital and assured all help to them.