The Ujjain division inspector general of police (IG) constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the farmer murder case in Raghogarh. The move came following the direction of the director general of police.
The team will be led a by an additional SP-level officer, including two deputy superintendents of police (DSP) and three station in-charges (TI).
“The team will investigate the murder from all angles,” said the IG, K Madhukumar, who visited the district to take to review the case on Thursday.
Last Wednesday, armed men, led by ruling BJP MLA and former state minister Tukoji Rao Puar’s son Vikram Singh Rao Puar, allegedly attacked a group of farmers, injuring at least four people in Raghogarh village of Dewas district over a land dispute.
The injured were identified as Pratap Lodhi, Ajay Lodhi, Ramesh Lodhi and Avantika Bai. Later, police lodged a cross-complaint against the farmers, who were targeted by the Vikram Puar and his associates. However, Pratap succumbed to injuries on Sunday last at a private hospital in Indore.
When asked about the alleged presence of two constables on the spot at the time of the murder, the IG said: “The SIT will investigate the issue also.”
Villagers also disclosed the name of the two policemen — Rajesh Gaharwar and Madan Yadav, both posted at Double Chowki, a small check post under Barotha police station, who accompanied the BJP MLA Tukojirao Puar’s son.
Villagers and community members had alleged that the whole incident took place in front of two police constables who were present when Vikarm Singh Puar, the MLA’s son, opened fire on the farmer’s family, who were harvesting the crop.
The MLA’s son still remains out of police reach. Police claimed that they were conducting raids to nab the main accused. Police have formed teams and a keeping a close eye on the followers and relatives of Puar.