Tribals protest in CM’s constituency; BJP office-bearer facing rape charges expelled.
Vicious crimes, including assaults on the most vulnerable citizens, have plagued Madhya Pradesh in recent weeks, prompting the state’s chief minister to convene a high-level conference of home department officials and ask them to take immediate corrective measures.
Law and order issues have angered the CM, according to sources. Multiple incidences were captured on video and circulated widely on social media.CM has given the officials one week to correct the situation, failing which he would have to take to the field himself.
Meanwhile, a big group of tribals marched from Budhni to Shahganj police station in the chief minister’s constituency in Sehore district to protest police “inaction” in the suspected murder of a tribal youth a month ago. Demonstrators overcame four police barricades and surrounded the police station for four hours.
According to sources, Mayank Awasthi, the newly appointed Superintendent of Police, said necessary action would be taken after an inquiry. The SP was unable to reach for comment.
JAYS—a tribal youth group with many clouts in western MP—had staged two significant protests last week. On September 7, JAYS held a massive rally in Neemuch to protest the death of a tribal youth who was dragged after being beaten and tied to a car.
Several incidences of abuses against tribal people, members of minority communities, and others have come to light in the last ten days, including the death of a tribal man in Khargone purportedly due to excessive beating in police custody and the murder of a tribal girl in Chhindwara. Many of these occurrences were captured on video and became popular on the internet.
On Wednesday, another incident involving an elderly tribal woman being hit with an iron rod on her private parts was reported in Burhanpur, causing a commotion at the local police station. The accused, Shubham Koite alias Golu, who is said to have terrorised the locals for a long time, was later apprehended by the police. As a result, a video of the incident has gone viral.
Three persons, including a BJP office-bearer from the Dindori district unit, were detained on Monday for the rape of a juvenile girl in a hotel in Bhopal. The rape allegedly occurred on August 18. Dinesh Avadhiya, a JD(U) office bearer, and Amit Soni, a petrol pump owner, were among the two other accused.
Manish Nayak, a BJP office holder, was dismissed from the party. However, another key BJP official was also involved because the ruling party exploited him, although he wasn’t prosecuted for his part in the scheme.
“The CM is very strict and serious about crime against women,” says BJP spokesman Dr Hitesh Bajpai, adding that the law will take its course in the state. The crime, he said, had nothing to do with politics.
According to authorities, the key suspect in a triple murder in Gwalior on September 7 was the nephew of the dead couple.