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Slain Cong leader cremated after assurance from Pilot

Former Shahabad block Congress president Sonu Goyal was on his way to Devri town along with his brother Ramavtar on June 25 night when more than half a dozen people attacked him with sticks and iron roads in Baran. He died during treatment

jaipur Updated: Jul 03, 2016 20:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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PCC chief Sachin Pilot, leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi and other Congress leaders take part in a dharna in Baran demanding arrest of the people behind Sonu Goyal’s murder. (HT Photo)

The family of former Shahabad block Congress president Sonu Goyal, who was murdered on June 25, on Sunday performed his last rites after Congress state unit chief Sachin Pilot assured them that the party would take up the case in the assembly.

Thirty-three-year-old Goyal, who was also the husband of a sarpanch, was on his way to Devri town along with his brother Ramavtar on June 25 night when more than half a dozen people attacked him with sticks and iron roads in Baran. A severely injured Goyal was rushed to the Shahabad hospital, which referred him to the district hospital where he died.

Goyal’s family has refused to perform his last rites demanding of a CBI probe into the case. On Sunday, they accepted the body which was kept in mortuary of Baran Government Hospital following Pilot’s intervention and performed the last rites in Devri town.

Pilot said it was a cold blooded murder committed under political vendetta and the incident was giving impression that Rajasthan was also moving towards the league of those states where murders were committed under political vendetta.

“The police here have not even called the accused named in the FIR for investigation which indicates that police are under pressure from the state government,” he said.

“We will not only raise the issue in the assembly but also take shelter of court. We will also pursue the case with the governor to whom we have also submitted a memorandum recently,” he said. “Recent incidents like murder of a man in police firing in Jaisalmer and women atrocity in Jaipur prove that there is complete lawlessness in the state,” said Pilot.

Last Sunday, Goyal’s family lodged a case of murder against district BJP president Naresh Sikarwar and his four brothers Brijpal Singh, Virendra Singh, Indrapal Singh, Mahendra Pal Singh and two nephews Gaurav and Raghav Singh.

Goyal’s family has accused Sikarwar’s kin of plotting the murder, alleging that after Deepti Goyal, wife of Sonu Goyal, defeated the wife of Inderpal Singh in the 2015 panchayat polls, the family started threatening Goyal for grabbing power in Bilkhera Dang Gram Panchayat, previously governed by the Sikarwars.

Inspector General of Police, Kota Range, Vishal Bansal said the police would ensure that law takes its own course. The police would act in transparent manner without harassing any innocent or letting any accused get scot free, he added.

The police, so far, arrested five people in connection with in the murder.

Locals pelted stones at police vehicle

Supporters of Sonu Goyal pelted stones at police vehicles and residence of Brijpal Singh Sikarwar, the brother of Naresh Singh Sikarwar, after arrival of Goyal’s body in Devri. Police used force to bring the situation under control.

First Published: Jul 03, 2016 20:46 IST