Police personnel lathi charge a protestor during 'Bharat Bandh' against the alleged 'dilution' of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes act, in Gwalior on April 2, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel lathi charge a protestor during 'Bharat Bandh' against the alleged 'dilution' of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes act, in Gwalior on April 2, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Police book man seen firing pistol during Dalit protests in Gwalior

Police identified the accused as Raja Singh Chauhan, a resident of Thatipur locality in Gwalior.
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Gwalior | By Shruti Tomar
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2018 07:57 AM IST

A day after visuals of a man firing a pistol during Dalit protests in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior city played on television screens and social media, police identified and booked him on charges of attempt to commit culpable homicide.

Police identified the accused as Raja Singh Chauhan, 42, a resident of Thatipur locality in Gwalior. He opened fire in Thatipur on Monday, said police.

Raja was not available for comment, but his younger brother, Sohan Chauhan, said he had fired in self-defence.

“Raja fired from his licensed gun. The other side was indulging in arson and damaging property, and police were nowhere to be seen. What can one do? One has to defend one’s property,” Sohan said on Tuesday. “We are not afraid and neither is anyone hiding from the police. We are only demanding a fair probe,” he added.

Inspector general of police (Intelligence), Makrand Deouskar, said it was not clear so far if Raja belonged to any political party.

Police said Raja’s family has varied business interests and owns several shops in Thatipur.

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