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High drama at Rajput Bhavan as police search for Sanvrad violence accused

The search, however, remained inconclusive as some of the doors in the building were not opened by the building owners.

jaipur Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajput Bhavan,Anandpal Singh,Rajasthan
Policemen at Rajput Sabha Bhavan in Jaipur on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Jaipur police on Saturday carried out a search on the premises of Rajput Sabha Bhavan on the tip-off that Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, an accused in Sanvrad violence, was hiding inside the building. The search, however, remained inconclusive as some of the doors in the building were not opened by the building owners.

The Rajput community has been at loggerheads with the government ever since the encounter of notorious gangster Anandpal Singh by special operations group (SOG) of Rajasthan police took place on June 24 in Churu.

The tension between the two increased after violence broke out during a protest meeting of the community at Nagaur’s Sanvrad, Anandpal’s native village, on Wednesday. The SP’s car was burnt down, a lady IPS officer manhandled, a protester killed in police firing and over 30 people injured including some 20 policemen in the violence.

While the police carried out the search, over 200 people from the Rajput community raised slogans against the police and chief minister Vasundhara Raje and expressed their angst at the police search. Policemen guarded the exits of the building and several policemen stood outside the main gate and barricaded the road.

Additional commissioner of police Nitin Deep Blaggan, who was on the spot, said that the search could not be completed as some rooms were not opened. “Their representatives were accompanying us and we wanted to do it with their cooperation but they did not unlock some of the rooms,” said Blaggan.

Giriraj Singh Lotwara, president of the Shree Rajput Sabha, said that the rooms were staff quarters and he did not have the keys to them. Both Lotwara and Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron of Rajput Karni Sena, maintained that Gogamedi was not hiding inside the building.

Earlier in a press conference in the afternoon, Lotwara maintained the demand for a CBI probe into Anandpal’s death and the violence in Sanvrad. “The violence was carried out by planted elements just when the talks were on the verge of success. The violence was part of a plan and we want an investigation into it,” said Lotwara.

Kalvi on the other hand accused the government of suppressing and provoking the Rajput community. “The government should stop this drama of frequent arrests otherwise we will retaliate. When the date for Jaipur march comes, they’ll see our power,” said Kalvi.

Lotwara did not declare the final date for Jaipur march but said that it will most likely be July 22.

First Published: Jul 15, 2017 19:46 IST