Vikram Singh Puar, son of late Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Tukoji Rao Puar, is on the run again after his bail plea was rejected by the Dewas court on July 3.
A special court in Dewas rejected a bail-extension plea of Vikram Singh Puar, an accused in a murder case, and warrant was issued for his arrest on July 7, but the Dewas police has failed to track his whereabouts so far.
Vikram Singh Puar, 26, had been on the run since the incident, but had surfaced when his father was admitted to a private hospital in Indore seeking bail on the grounds of his father’s illness.
The court had granted him 15-day anticipatory bail on June 17. Sources said the warrant first reached the superintendent of police’s (SP) office and thereafter was forwarded to the Barotha police station, where the case of murder is lodged against Puar and his accomplices.
Questions are now being raised on the Dewas police and whether political pressure has a part to play in its laxity.
“We are not working under any political pressure and hunting for Puar,” said SP Dewas Abhay Singh.
Pratap Lodhi, 25, was critically wounded when late BJP legislator and maharaja of erstwhile Dewas royal family Tukoji Rao Puar’s son and his accomplices allegedly opened fire on four people over a land dispute at Raghogarh village on May 21.
Lodhi succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Indore, following which the police booked the late MLA’s son and his aides for murder and started investigation.
Sources say the Dewas police have not raided the Puar residence even once so far.