By Express News Service
BHOPAL: Three Madhya Pradesh police personnel, together with a sub inspector, misplaced their lives in a gun battle with animal poachers in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday-Saturday intervening night time.
The three cops had been recognized as sub inspector Raj Kumar Jatav, head constable Neeraj Bhargava and constable Santram Meena. They had been killed in an trade of fireside with seven-eight armed animal poachers at round 2.45 am within the Aron space. A driver of the police automobile was damage within the incident however is now said to be out of hazard.
One of the poachers recognized as Naushad, who was presumably injured within the retaliatory police firing, was discovered lifeless in his native village Bidhoria, round 4 km from the spot of the encounter within the morning. Later, within the night, one other poacher recognized as Shahzad was gunned down by the police in an encounter within the dense Aron forests.
According to the SP-Guna district Rajeev Mishra, three to 4 police events had been despatched to the spot, following details about the presence of animal poachers there. Seeing the police groups encompass them from all instructions, the animal poachers, who got here on 4 mobikes, tried to flee by opening indiscriminate hearth on cops.
“The cops also retaliated, but three of our personnel lost their lives. The poachers managed to flee along with a police service rifle. Remains of poached blackbucks and a peacock were seized from the spot,” Mishra stated.
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MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired a high-level emergency assembly following the incident within the morning after which he introduced martyr standing for the three deceased cops. He additional introduced Rs 1 crore every and a authorities job for every of the three bereaved households in Ashok Nagar, Guna and Sheopur districts.
The CM additionally ordered the instant elimination of IG-Gwalior Zone Anil Sharma since he had reached the crime spot in Guna district late. While Sharma has been posted as IG on the state PHQ in Bhopal, ADG-SAF D Srinivas Verna shall be now posted as ADG-Gwalior Zone.
Importantly, that is maybe the primary time that cops have been killed in MP in an operation towards animal poachers.
According to knowledgeable sources, the 200 km radius of Berasia (Bhopal) is infamous for the presence of the timber mafia and for animal poaching (significantly poaching of blue bull Neelgai), however such a killing of cops has by no means occurred prior to now.
The forests spanning from Berasia (Bhopal) to Lateri and Sironj in Vidisha and Aron in Guna are replete with blackbucks. Surprisingly, whereas the CM acted towards the IG Gwalior Zone for being late in arriving on the spot, no motion was taken towards the SP-Guna and native DFO, who’re primarily chargeable for placing a leash on animal poaching.
Meanwhile, bulldozing of the homes (constructed by encroaching land) of the absconding accused in Bidhoria village has begun. At least 4 out of the seven accused, together with the slain Naushad, belonged to a specific neighborhood residing in Bidhoria village.
A hunt is on to nab the absconders.
Targeting the CM and his authorities over the killing of the three cops, the state Congress chief Kamal Nath took to Twitter, saying that the federal government has failed to keep up regulation and order within the state.
“What happened to the CM’s much-hyped announcement of burying the mafia under the ground. Had it really happened, then our brave cops wouldn’t have lost lives today against the forest mafia,” Nath tweeted.
Leader of Opposition Dr Govind Singh demanded state residence minister Narottam Mishra’s resignation.