Assistant sub inspector (ASI) of MP police Shakir Khan sustained bullet injuries in a firing by a tribe in Guna district on Sunday morning.
The incident happened around 8.30 am when a joint team of Gujarat and MP police raided the Pardi tribe-dominated Hanuman Mundra village, searching for accused in a recent loot case in Gujarat.
Sensing trouble from the raiding 10-member police team, the Pardis positioned a group of women and girls before the cops and started firing on the police from behind the women.
Three of the bullets fired by the gang hit 38-year-old Jhagar police outpost in-charge ASI Shakir Khan.
The police team, however, did not fire back due to presence of women on the spot, Khan said, and returned from the village.
Khan was rushed to the Guna district hospital, where he is now said to be out of danger.
According to in-charge of Guna’s Dharnawada police station Harshvardhan Singh Solanki, a police team from Gujarat had come to Guna in search of a Pardi gang which was involved in a recent loot case in Surat. They were accompanied by one of the arrested gang members Gaurav Pardi, based on whose information the raid was to be conducted in Kanera village.
“We were on our way to Kanera village to nab the accused but when we were passing through, we spotted another Pardi gang led by Shekhar Pardi. When we asked them about the other gang, Shekhar’s gang members fled from the spot. When we chased them, they opened fire on the cops,” added Solanki.
However, ASI Khan managed to arrest one gang member — Akash Pardi.
Akash, gang leader Shekhar and other members have been booked for attempt to murder and crime with common intent.
In another incident, head constable Rajendra Verma was injured when unidentified men pelted stones on a Dial 100 vehicle in Kakalpur village of Satna district on Saturday late night.
The police vehicle had gone to the village following information about clashes between two groups.
The police team, led by 45-year-old Verma, detained one man involved in the clash. However, when the cops were returning, unidentified men started pelting stones at their vehicle and managed to free the detained man.
The police vehicle was damaged and the head constable sustained head a injury in the attack. Verma was rushed to the hospital and is now said to be out of danger.
Unidentified accused have been booked in the matter.