Police conduct raid at minister’s bungalow for his arrest, major embarrassment to govt
The raid was conducted by the police team from Bhind in compliance with Bhind’s special court’s arrest warrant issued against the minister in connection with murder of the then Congress MLA Makhan Lal Jatav in 2009bhopal Updated: Dec 12, 2017 21:15 IST
In a major embarrassment to the state government a police team conducted a raid at minister of state for general administration department (GAD) Lal Singh Arya at his official bungalow at Char Imli here to arrest him. However, the minister was not found at his bungalow.
The raid was conducted by the police team from Bhind in compliance with Bhind’s special court’s arrest warrant issued against the minister in connection with murder of the then Congress MLA Makhan Lal Jatav in 2009.
“We are searching for Lal Singh Arya in compliance with an arrest warrant against him wherever he may be present. The team which has gone to Bhopal to arrest him is yet to give a report to me about the result. Earlier, we conducted a search at his residences in Gwalior and Gohad,” said Prashant Khare, superintendent of police, Bhind.
Arya is one of the accused in Congress MLA Makhan Lal Jatav murder case who was shot dead during electioneering for 2009 Lok Sabha election. He represented Gohad (SC) assembly seat in Bhind district having defeated Lal Singh Arya in 2008 assembly elections. After his murder his son Ranvir Jatav won the by-poll held for the seat in September 2009. Arya comes from the same district and is now representing Gohad constituency in the state assembly.
Arya attended the first day proceedings of the state assembly during its winter session on November 27. Since then he was not seen in public. Opposition Congress MLAs disrupted House proceedings several times during the session demanding his sacking from the cabinet. Recently, high court Gwalior bench dismissed his anticipatory bail application.
The state government spokesperson Narottam Mishra couldn’t be reached for his comments. However, a senior officer in Mantralaya said on the condition of anonymity that the police action had caused a major embarrassment to the state government. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan must take a decision on Arya’s fate immediately to avoid further damage to his and the government’s image in view of the Opposition’s attack on the issue.
Earlier, in a stepped up attack on the ruling party in general and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in particular on the issue NSUI activists pasted posters at several places in Bhopal declaring minister as a fugitive.
“Wanted- Shivraj Singh ke lal mantri Lal Arya” is what was printed on the posters above the photo of Arya who has been evading arrest for several months in connection with the murder case. An announcement was also made through the posters to give a reward of Rs 500 to the person who would give information on Arya.
The NSUI activists pasted posters at Habibganj police station, state BJP headquarters and several other places taking the BJP by surprise.
“We had no other option but to paste the posters. Police don’t want to arrest the minister despite court’s arrest warrant against him. The raids by police at the residence of the minister in Gwalior is nothing but a sham”, said Vivek Tripathi, state spokesperson of NSUI.
“The NSUI has done this at the instructions of its leaders who believe in a feudal mindset and want to insult a dalit leader like Lal Singh Arya by putting up such posters in public. Their act also shows that they consider themselves above the law”, said Rajneesh Agrawal, state BJP spokesperson.