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Communal tension in MP town over death of man whose daughter eloped with Muslim lover

Communal tension gripped Prithvipur town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday following the death of a man, whose daughter alleged that a Muslim man with whom she had eloped sometime ago was behind her father’s death.

bhopal Updated: Jun 17, 2018 20:11 IST
Anupam Pateriya
Anupam Pateriya
Hindustan Times, Sagar (MP)
Communal tension,elope,Muslim lover
Maniram Kushwaha was found hanging from a tree near his house, following which locals set fire to Saif Khan’s shop, house and car.(Photo for representation)

Communal tension gripped Prithvipur town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday following the death of a man, whose daughter alleged that a Muslim man with whom she had eloped sometime ago was behind her father’s death, police said.

There was arson and rioting and policemen were targeted by a mob. Police had to cane-charge the mob to bring the situation under control. Over 50 persons have been booked, police said. This incident comes within a day of communal tension in Shajapur.

Police said Maniram Kushwaha, 46, was found hanging from a tree near his house, but his daughter and locals alleged that he had been killed by Saif Khan, 24, and his family. Locals set fire to Khan’s shop, house and car and also beat up an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police and two other police personnel who tried to intervene in the matter, police said.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the area.

Tikamgarh collector Abhijeet Agrawal said, “Maniram Kushwaha’s daughter eloped with Saif Khan, son of Karim Khan, two months ago and married him. But Saif abandoned her. Maniram was unhappy with this incident. On Sunday morning, he was found hanging from a tree. Maniram’s daughter and local residents alleged that he was killed by Saif and his family, which resulted in an angry mob torching Saif’s house, shop and car.”

Saif and his family managed to save themselves by fleeing from their home.

Police said when ASI Nathuram Kaul and other police personnel reached the spot to control the mob, they too were beaten up by the enraged residents.

The angry crowd also staged a demonstration by keeping Maniram’s body on the road. Police resorted to cane charge and also lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the mob.

Superintendent of police (SP) Kumar Prateek said, “The situation is under control. The body has been sent for postmortem. We are investigating the matter and a case against Saif Khan and his family would be registered only after the probe.”

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 20:11 IST