MP: MLA protected goons, says slain petrol pump owner’s brother

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gwalior/Morena
  • Updated: Dec 15, 2014 16:30 IST

Slain petrol pump owner Giriraj Agrawal’s brother Radhakrishna Agrawal alias Chhote stirred a controversy on Sunday when he alleged that a BJP MLA had been harbouring goons.

Giriraj Agrawal was murdered on December 9 in Morena, allegedly by hardcore criminal Ravi alias Shera Kirar, who was recently killed in an encounter with the police.

According to information, a reward of Rs 5,000 each on Kirar’s accomplices Pappu alias Lohiya Gurjar, Bunty Gurjar and Manoj Gurjar has been announced by police.

The three worked in tandem with Kirar and Vicky Balmik, who was also killed by police in an earlier encounter.

The MLA visited Agrawal’s house on Saturday to offer his condolences. Chhote levelled serious charges of harbouring goons - including Pappu - against him. Chhote also reportedly told the MLA that in such a situation there was no point in visiting him (the MLA) for help.

Chhote said this when the MLA asked him why Chhote didn’t call him for help when threatened by goons. He said that in the past, complaints of threat and terror tax demand by local goons had been made to the police on a number of occasions but nothing had changed.

Talking to HT over phone, Chhote endorsed the earlier charges he made against the MLA. He said a double speak by the MLA was clearly evident from the fact that on one hand he asked SP Navneet Bhasin to take action against Lohiya Gurjar, while on the other hand claimed that his antecedent was innocent.

Besides, Chhote claimed to have received threats and phone calls from an anonymous caller late on Friday night. The family’s house in Morena was stoned and they also heard the threatening voice of some unknown person.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Dr Govind Singh who contested Parliamentary elections from Morena, stirred a political controversy when he said the needle of suspicion pointed to police in the incident.

Govind Singh visited the house of the bereaved family on Saturday and told reporters there that the police’s role in the incident was unclear and hence should be probed. He asked why police protection had not been given to the family despite threat perception and complaint.

However, SP Navneet Bhasin said police protection is now being provided to Agrawals.

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