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Balaghat row: Cops yet to identify men who attacked ASI, vehicle

bhopal Updated: Oct 10, 2016 09:33 IST
HT Correspondent, Bhopal
Balaghat row

Former BJP MLA Bhagat Netam (talking over phone) outside the Baihar police station on the night of September 25.(HT Photo)

Even after two weeks, police are yet to identify those ‘right-wing’ protestors who attacked an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and then a police vehicle on the intervening night of September 25-26 after Baihar police in Balaghat district allegedly beat up an RSS activist.

However, seven police personnel, including an additional superintendent of police and an inspector were booked were booked in attempt-to-murder case for thrashing RSS activist Suresh Yadav within a few hours’ time.

Protesters pelted stones on sub-divisional officer police (SDOP) PS Mehra’s official vehicle which had carried two government doctors Harish Masram and NS Kumre to Baihar PS to perform the medical examination of Yadav.

Had ASI Yogendra Chouhan not been rushed to Baihar police station (PS) in time he could have well been dragged and killed, a policeman who was on duty there on September 25 told HT on condition of anonymity. In both cases, however, unidentified accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC.

According to Baihar PS sources, accused had not been identified by district police till September 30 and all relevant case diaries were handed over to the special investigation team (SIT).

As per SIT sources, till now the focus is on evidence collection, including recording of statements of all concerned, then the team will focus on identifying the accused in both the case.

Yadav was allegedly taken into custody on September 25 by Baihar police and later booked in a criminal case for allegedly uploading a communally sensitive post against AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi. The post uploaded in a WhatsApp group in Balaghat also mentioned about how a particular community was targeted during communal violence in Godhra, Muzaffarnagar and Meerut.

‘It was a night of horror’

Two policemen who were deployed at Baihar PS on September 25 evening told HT that it was a night of horror when 500-odd protestors circled the Baihar PS and ASP office and were repeatedly threatening to set the police property ablaze if RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav was not released. The mob which started gathering at around 9 pm remained outside the PS entire night and left the place only at around 5.30 am next day when Yadav was taken in a police vehicle to Balaghat district hospital on the advice of two government doctors.