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Family of cop killed in encounter with dreaded Chambal dacoit awaits justice

Babulal Gurjar of Allou village was an assistant sub-inspector posted in Dholpur when, in April 2004, dreaded Chambal dacoit Jagan Gurjar’s gang killed him during an encounter. However, the special judge of dacoity affected areas of Dholpur acquitted the six accused.

jaipur Updated: Aug 22, 2018 23:55 IST
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Babulal Gurjar was recommended an out-of-turn promotion for his expertise in anti-dacoity operations and he got a gallantry promotion.(Picture for representation)

The family of a police officer, who laid his life fighting the dreaded Chambal dacoit Jagan Gurjar and his men in 2004, is awaiting justice after the accused were acquitted by a trial court.

Babulal Gurjar of Allou village was an assistant sub-inspector posted in Dholpur when, in April 2004, Gurjar’s gang killed him during an encounter. However, the special judge of dacoity affected areas of Dholpur acquitted the six accused, citing bad police investigation and lack of evidence, on December 24, 2016.

Babulal Gurjar’s widow Ramvati challenged the acquittal in Rajasthan high court on January 24, 2017.

“Notices were issued to the accused, barring one Ramesh, who has been absconding since the killing, and the appeal is pending in the high court,” said Ramvati’s lawyer Arvind Kumar Gupta.

On August 19, when present Bharatpur superintendent of police Kesar Singh Shekhawat’s team arrested Jagan Gurjar and booked him under the Arms Act, it revived sad memories of Babulal Gurjar’s family that has now settled in Rupbas town.

Shekhawat was circle officer of Bari in Dholpur when he recommended an out-of-turn promotion for Babulal Gurjar, then a head constable. “He was very good in anti-dacoity operations and he got a gallantry promotion,” Shekhawat said. The officer hopes the state government can fight Babulal’s case strongly to get a police officer and his family justice.

Babulal’s eldest son, Shriniwas (he doesn’t use a surname), became a constable in April 2012 under the government scheme of providing mercy appointment if an employee dies in harness. He is currently posted at Dehramod outpost under Lakhanpur police station of Bharatpur.

“I was in Class 7 when my father died to dacoits’ bullets. For a 11-year-old, it is very painful to lose his father. My siblings were younger — one brother was only a year old — but my mother raised us well,” says Shriniwas.

Ramvati is 59 now and lives with her three children and Shriniwas’s wife. Shriniwas’ place of appointment is 60km from Rupbas and he visits the family on leave.

Jagan Gurjar was wanted in five cases of Dholpur, Sawai Madhopur and Karauli before he was arrested on August 19 in Bharatpur’s Gadhibajna police station area. Karauli police announced a reward of Rs 5,000 on the dacoit’s arrest in March this year.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 23:55 IST