MP: Protests after man shot by MLA’s kin in Dewas dies

  • Ritesh Mishra and Nitin Gupta, Hindustan Times, Dewas/Indore
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2015 17:03 IST

A man succumbed on Sunday to injuries sustained when he was allegedly shot at by the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator and his accomplices in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.

Pratap Lodhi, 25, was critically wounded when BJP legislator Tukoji Rao Puar's son and his accomplices allegedly opened fire on four people over a land dispute at Raghogarh village on Wednesday. Lodhi died at a private hospital in Indore.

"Despite all efforts by doctors, Pratap Lodhi, who was put on life support, couldn't be saved. He was injured four days ago in the attack," said superintendent of police Abhay Singh.

Vikram Singh Puar, the son of the MLA, and his accomplices were earlier booked for attempted murder. They will now be charged under harsher sections of the law following Lodhi's death, Singh said.

“The main accused, Vikram Singh Puar and his accomplices would now be booked under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. We will arrest the main accused soon," he said.

A search is on to nab Vikram while five of his accomplices have been arrested, Singh added. Efforts are also on to identify 15 to 20 other people named in the FIR lodged in connection with the shooting, Singh said.

Both parties had lodged FIRs against each other, he said.

Vikram Singh Puar’s father was also a former state minister.

Residents of Raghogarh said police are being pressured by the MLA to act against them.

“Police came under pressure and registered a case against us. They themselves broke the glasses of their vehicles after firing on us and then went to the police station, claiming that we had attacked them," said a villager who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal.

More than 400 people staged a protest by putting Lodhi’s body on the Indore-Nemawar highway and demanding the immediate arrest of his killers.

(With inputs from agencies)

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