Dewas farmer murder: Delay in arrest raising questions

  • Ritesh Mishra & Nitin Gupta, Hindustan Times, Indore/Dewas
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2015 20:38 IST

It's been more than a month and a half since a 25-year-old farmer was murdered in Dewas but the police is yet to arrest the main accused Vikram Singh Puar, son of Dewas BJP MLA Tukoji Rao Paur.

Vikram had allegedly killed Pratap Lodhi, a farmer, in Raghogarh area of Dewas on March 18.

Amid claims by the special investigation team (SIT), formed on March 28 to probe the case, that the main accused will soon be arrested, rumours are flying thick that the police are trying to shield the culprits owing to 'political pressure'.

"An SIT has been formed and investigation in the case is going on," is all that the DGP Madhya Pradesh Surendra Sinh had to say.

He further said that the inspector general and superintendent of police, Dewas are the right persons to comment on the progress of the case authoritatively.

"There is no pressure. Our team is working. The accused including the MLA's son are absconding and soon they will be nabbed," said SP Dewas Abhay Singh.

The Congress, however, has hit out on the ruling BJP on the delay in the arrests.

"It shows the intention of the police and the government. It is clear that because the accused is the son of an affluent MLA of the ruling government, the police are not arresting him," said state Congress president Arun Yadav.

Countering the allegations, state home minister Babulal Gaur said, "The MLA had informed me that his son was not present on the spot and therefore an SIT was formed to investigate the case properly."

Vikram and his accomplices were earlier booked under various sections of murder in the case by the police.

The police had also registered cross FIR against both the parties and had arrested five accused in this connection.

Sources said that a letter submitted to the police by Vikram is a testimony that he was present on the spot.

In the letter submitted to Barotha police station, it was mentioned that Vikram, a trustee of Maharaja Tukojirao Puar Religious and Charitable Trust, was going to visit his disputed land (the matter is pending in court) which has been encroached by some farmers.

The letter further stated that he addressed the letter to the police in advance to avert any untoward incident during the visit.

As per the villagers, two policemen Rajesh Gaharwar and Madan Yadav accompanied the main accused to the spot where the incident took place.

Sources in the police had also confirmed that the police also have a photograph taken during the visit.

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