6 towns shut in protest against Cong leader’s murder

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kota
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 20:22 IST
Congress leaders Shanti Dhariwal and Bharat Singh also staged a dharna to protest against the murder of party leader Sonu Goyal in Baran. (AH Zaidi/ HT Photo)

Congress workers burnt effigies of chief minister Vasundhara Raje in six towns of Baran district which were shut on Wednesday due to the ongoing protest against the murder of the president of Congress Shahabad block unit.

Protesters and family members Sonu Goyal continued their agitation outside Baran Government Hospital for the fourth day without accepting his body over demand of a CBI probe and arrest of accused BJP district president Naresh Sikarvar, his four brothers and two nephews.

Over six people beat up Goyal, 33, at Devri region of Baran on the night of June 25 while he was on his way to Devri town with his brother Ramavtar. Police have so far arrested Naresh Sikarwar’s brother Mahendra Pal Singh and Ramdhan Balai. The Vaishya community of Baran has extended support to the family of the victim.

As towns Kishanganj, Kelwara, Nahargarh, Samraniya, Rani Barod and Bhanwargarh observed bandh, Jhalawar district Congress held a dharna against the murder, attended by Jhalawar Congress president Madan lal Verma, former district Congress president Raghuraj Raj Singh Haada and others.

Goyal’s family has accused Sikarwar’s kin of plotting the murder, alleging that after Deepti Goyal, wife of Sonu Goyal, defeated the wife of Inderpal Singh Sikarwar in the 2015 panchayat polls, the family started threatening Goyal for grabbing power in Bilkhera Dang Gram Panchayat, previously governed by the Sikarwars. Prime accused Naresh Sikarwar, who was in Kota to meet state BJP president Ashok Parnami, said he and his family have been named in the FIR for his personal enmity with former Congress minister Pramod Jain Bhaya.

Meanwhile, Rajput leaders led by Satyabhan Singh and Arjun Singh Gaur from the BJP demonstrated in front of the inspector general of Kota range’s office alleging wrongful naming of Sikarwar, a Rajput, in the case.

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