Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Poachers opened fire on three police officers in the early hours of Saturday in a hamlet in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district, according to state Home Minister Narottam Mishra.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. on Shahrok Road near Saga Barkheda hamlet, which is within the jurisdiction of Aron police station, some 160 kilometres from the state capital, when police forces went to apprehend the miscreants after receiving a tip, he added.

According to police sources, the body of a person with a gunshot wound, believed to have been involved in the event and killed in retaliatory police shooting, was also retrieved from neighbouring Bidoria village.

Following a high-level discussion on the tragedy, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan awarded an ex-gratia of Rs one crore as well as government positions to the kin of each of the deceased police officers. He also demoted Anil Sharma, the Inspector General (IG) of the Gwalior zone, for his “delay” in arriving at the scene.

“A police squad arrived at the location under Aron police station in Guna district after receiving a tip regarding the presence of certain miscreants (poachers). After the cops encircled them on all sides, the criminals opened fire, killing three officers “Mishra, the minister, said reporters.

According to him, the shooting killed police sub inspector Rajkumar Jatav and two constables, Nilesh Bhargava and Santaram Meena. “This is a tragic and devastating situation. Instructions have been made to take such severe measures against the culprits as to create a precedent “he stated. Mishra added that seven poachers and miscreants engaged in the event had been identified after a meeting with senior police and administrative officials at the chief minister’s house.

According to CM Chouhan, “While stopping the poachers in Guna, our police officers gave their lives. These officers would be accorded the title of martyrs, and their families will get an ex-gratia payment of Rupees one crore . Each martyr’s family member will be awarded a government job.”

He stated that because to the delay in arriving at the scene following the event, he has decided to transfer the IG Gwalior immediately.

The state home department eventually issued an order for Sharma’s transfer, naming officer D Shriniwas Verma to take his position. “The perpetrators of the crime have been identified. A bullet-killed man’s body was also discovered in a nearby community. However, more research is being carried out. To set an example, the culprits would face severe punishment “Chouhan said. Meanwhile, police sources reported that body parts from four deer and a peacock were discovered near where the police squad and poachers exchanged gunfire.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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