Former state minister Akhand Pratap Singh on Tuesday allegedly beat up two brothers, following a dispute over a plot situated at Press Complex in MP Nagar, Bhopal. Singh has also accused the advocates of assault. The police have registered FIRs of both the sides and started investigation.
However, according to Nitesh Sharma, an advocate at Gwalior bench of high court, Akhand Pratap Singh along with his three accomplices came to his plot at Press Complex, when he was erecting a fence around it, and started abusing him and his brother Abhishek Sharma, on Tuesday morning.
"When we objected to his misbehaviour, Singh along with his accomplices attacked us. They also damaged our vehicle and threatened us of dire consequences if we continue work," said Nitesh Sharma, while talking to HT.
Nitesh Sharma said he had bought the plot along with his two relatives Ambika and Vikas Sharma through additional district magistrate's court auction in the year 2004. But, Akhand Pratap Singh and his brother Awadesh Pratap Singh, who own the adjoining plot, raised objection to the sale and filed a petition in the court.
In May 2013, the Jabalpur HC gave verdict favour of Sharmas and ordered the debt recovery tribunal (DRT) of the high court to ensure the possession of Sharmas on the plot by September 30. Following DRT of high court's order, MP Nagar police had ensured the possession of Sharmas on plot on September 11.
"Since, we have got legal possession of our plot, we were erecting fence so that nobody could encroach. We have started fencing work about three days ago. Since the very first day, they were threatening us," said Nitesh Sharma.
He further said that son of Akhand Pratap Singh had threatened him of dire consequences if he continue fencing work. "I have complained to director general of police Surendra Sinh and superintendent of police (South) Anshuman Singh, but they have not taken my complaint seriously," he said.
The police have registered a case against Akhand Pratap Singh and three others under various sections of IPC. On the other hand, the former minister also lodged a complaint against Nitesh Sharma, Ambika Sharma and Vikas Sharma. On his complaint, police have registered a case Sharmas.
However, according to Nitesh Sharma, Ambika Sharma and Vikas Sharma were not present in Bhopal when scuffle took place. "Singh has lodged a fake complaint against Ambika and Vikas as they are in Gwalior. Both of them have presented themselves before the chief judicial magistrate's court and informed the court that a false case has been registered against them," said Nitesh Sharma.
The former minister Akhand Pratap Singh could not be contacted for comment even after repeated attempts. Town inspector of MP Nagar, Brajesh Bhargava said, "Both have a dispute over a piece of land. We have registered a case of both the sides and started investigation."