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Probe ordered into MP clash in a rape case

Bhil tribals and members of the Meena community clashed over the alleged rape of a woman at a village near Guna.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 18:05 IST

A magisterial probe was on Monday ordered into a clash between Bhil tribals and members of the Meena community over an alleged rape of a woman at a village near Guna, which led to the death of two persons, including a police inspector.

Angered by the rape of a woman belonging to their community by two Meena youth, the Bhils had surrounded Konyakala village on Sunday and started throwing stones at it, police said.

Inspector VS Sapro sustained fatal injuries after being attacked, allegedly by tribals with stones and sharp edged weapons, while attempting to restore order, police said, adding his service revolver was snatched and is yet to be recovered.

A tribal also died due to police firing and a post-mortem had been conducted on him, they said.

Four persons, including a sub-inspector and a constable, were injured in the incident.

The Bhils had called a "panchayat" and decided to attack the village and punish the two youth, in order to avenge the rape which took place on August 21, Chachoda police station in-charge Suresh Sikarwar said.

District Collector Gopal Saraswat ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and asked Joint Collector Usha Parmar to submit a report in 30 days, official sources said.

The incident drew sharp comments from Congress leaders who accused the administration of failing to control the situation and demanded financial assistance for villagers who lost their property in the attack.

First Published: Sep 11, 2006 18:05 IST