Fracas over shop leaves 1 dead
TENSION GRIPPED the Ghora Nakkas area of Old City under the jurisdiction of Hanumanganj police station this afternoon after an 84-year-old trader, Bhagwandas Sahu, died.india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:05 IST
TENSION GRIPPED the Ghora Nakkas area of Old City under the jurisdiction of Hanumanganj police station this afternoon after an 84-year-old trader, Bhagwandas Sahu, died.
The trader died during a scuffle between two groups over a dispute regarding forcible occupation of a shop. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
An unruly mob gathered near the bus stand and staged a road blockade alleging that the man had died due to injuries sustained in police lathi-charge. However, police officials denied resorting to any lathi-charge and the deceased’s post mortem report has revealed that he died due to cardiac failure. Sahu had a history of heart disease and had undergone heart surgery in the past.
The road blockade began at about 3 pm and eventually police had to use mild force to disperse the crowd staging the chakkajam at about 5 pm. The crowd was demanding the suspension of Hanumanganj TI Pawan Mishra but authorities dismissed their demand.
Bhopal Superintendent of Police A K Singh told Hindustan Times that Vinod Sahu, a trader from the Ghora Nakkas area had lodged a complaint in the morning that a shop he had bought for Rs 1.5 lakh some years ago from one Harishankar Sharma had been illegally taken possession of by one Rajiv Bhargava. A police team went to the spot to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, Bhagwandas Sahu and Vinod Sahu’s wife reached the shop along with a large crowd and removed Bhargava’s belongings. Shortly after that Bhargava’s supporters also reached the spot.
There were heated arguments between members of both groups and tempers flared. Apprehending a clash between the two groups, police intervened to pacify them and resorted to mild force to separate the rival groups.
At that time, Bhagwandas Sahu complained of severe chest pain and his family members rushed him to the hospital. However, the doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead.
As soon as the news of Sahu’s death spread in the area, a large number of Sahu community members gathered at the spot and demanded a murder case be registered against Hanumanganj TI Pawan Mishra alleging that Bhagwandas Sahu had died due to injuries inflicted by the police.
The crowd staged a road blockade near the bus stand. Sensing the situation to be getting out of hands, senior police and administrative officials including the SP and Collector Sanjay Shukla rushed to the spot. The authorities made efforts to persuade the crowd to call off the chakkajam and clear the area in a peaceful manner.
However, the crowd did not budge for over an hour and even began pelting stones. Subsequently, the police moved in and cleared the road forcibly. Leaders of the Sahu community were summoned and the Collector ensured them of a fair probe although the demand for a case to be registered against the Hanumanganj TI was rejected.
The post mortem report of the deceased suggested the cause of death as cardiac failure due to history of cardiac problems. The police have registered a case under Section 448 against Rajiv Bhargava.