A man allegedly shot and injured by the son of the legislator from Dewas in Madhya Pradesh is critical and has been put on life-support system, a doctor in a Indore hospital said on Thursday.
Pratap Lodhi, who sustained head injuries, has been put on a ventilator.
On Wednesday evening, armed men led by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and former state minister Tukoji Rao Puar’s son Vikram Singh Rao Puar allegedly attacked a group of farmers injuring at least four people in Raghogarh village of Dewas district over a land dispute, police said.
The injured were identified as Pratap Lodhi, Ajay Lodhi, Ramesh Lodhi Avantika Bai.
"Lodhi's condition is serious and he is on ventilator. He sustained major injuries on the head," said Dr Vinod Arora at the Medi Square hospital in Indore.
Meanwhile, police have lodged a cross-complaint against the farmers, who were targeted by the Vikram Puar and his associates.
Police on Thursday booked 10 villagers from the Lodhi community under section 147, 148, 149, 307, 294, 32 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The villagers said police are being pressured by the legislator to act against them.
Dewas superintendent of police (SP) Abhay Singh, however, denied that he was acting under pressure, saying that the probe will be impartial and the guilty would be booked.
State Congress general secretary Manoj Rajani said the law should take its own course and if is any attempt made to influence the course of the investigation, the Congress will launch an agitation against police.
Rajani said the Puar family owns more than 300 acres of land in the village and its neighbouhood, where the incident took place and have a lot in influence in the area.
Heavy police force has been deployed around the village and the SP Singh is himself monitoring the situation, an official said.