A man, whose family was allegedly ousted from society by a Jatav community panchayat, fired at the panchayat members killing two men and injuring a woman in Rajgarh district late on Wednesday night.
The incident occurred at Amlar village under Talen police station of the district. The incident triggered tension in the area. Heavy police force has been deployed in the village to avoid further violence.
The police have registered a case and arrested four members of the Dalit man’s family on Thursday.
According to the police, Ghanshyam Jatav and his family members were ousted from society by the Jatav panchayat, as Ghanshyam used to create ruckus in the village after consuming liquor on daily basis. The decision of the panchayat came about a week ago.
On Wednesday, some people from the Jatav community went to Ghanshyam’s house to collect donation for construction of a temple in Rampuria locality of the village, where Jatav families live in majority.
This led to an altercation between Ghanshyam and the people demanding donation. Later in night, Ghanshyam was summoned by the Jatav panchayat.
Police said the panchayat again dictated to exile Ghanshyam and his family from the village as he had failed to pay the donation money for the temple.
This led to a dispute between Ghanshyam’s family and the panchayat members, following which Ghanshyam, who was accompanied by his family members, fired gunshots from his licenced rifle on them, said the police.
Talen Police station town inspector (TI) RS Raghuvanshi told HT over phone that two persons identified as Vikram Jatav, 30, and Banwari Jatav, 35, died on the spot, while a woman identified as Gangabai, 35, sustained serious injuries.
“The injured is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Rajgarh town in a critical condition,” said Raghuvanshi.
He further said that Ghanshyam Jatav, his father Narayan Jatav and two brothers Suresh Jatav and Gajju Jatav had been arrested.
“The final rites of the deceased have been performed amid tight security. The police personnel have been deployed in the village and would remain there until the situation becomes normal,” Raghuvanshi said.