Body politics in Mandsaur: Death No. 6 is local Cong worker, govt clears 1 crore after family protests

Dhakad’s father, Durgalal, said he got a call from the police on Thursday night, informing him that his son was injured and had been referred to M Y Hospital in Indore.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Badwan (mandsaur) | Published:June 11, 2017 3:30 am
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UNDER FIRE over the farmers’ protests, the Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday agreed to extend the Rs 1 crore compensation it had announced for the five men who died in police firing on Tuesday to the sixth victim too — Ghanashyam Dhakad, 30, a Congress worker who died on Friday after he was allegedly beaten up by the police.

But Inspector Sanjay Singh, of Bhavgarh police station, said Dhakad was named as an accused, along with others, for vandalising public property on June 7. He was reportedly among the protesters who broke railings along the four-lane Jaora-Neemuch road.

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Dhakad’s father, Durgalal, said he got a call from the police on Thursday night, informing him that his son was injured and had been referred to M Y Hospital in Indore. He alleged that his son was probably dead when he was taken to Indore, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

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On Friday, the police escorted Dhakad’s body from Indore to his village, Badwan, for the last rites. But his family refused to take the body home until the government agreed to grant them the compensation too — Rs 1 crore, a job to a family member, and free education to his two children, a six-year-old boy and a 45-day-old daughter.

The District Collector and Superintendent of Police tried to reason that Dhakad’s case was different from that of the other five protesters, who were killed in two different incidents of firing in Pipliya Mandi on June 6.

Surrounded by his angry and grieving relatives, the Collector finally sought the sanction of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who began his fast in Bhopal on Saturday.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan began his fast in Bhopal on Saturday.

After the family was assured that they would receive the compensation, the cremation was finally held at around 11 am on Saturday, with several Congress leaders, including former MP Meenakshi Natarajan, in attendance.

Durgalal, who owns six bighas of land, said villagers were giving different accounts of his son’s death. But, he said, Dhakad took part in the protests and so they were entitled to the compensation.

Vishwajeet Soni, a villager, said the police were angry with Dhakad because he was leading the protesters who vandalised public property and had managed to escape when they tried to catch him earlier.

“They could have detained him or put him in jail,’’ said a relative, alleging that Dhakad was killed in custody.

According to his brother-in-law, Laxminarayan, Dhakad was the vice-president of the local Youth Congress unit. Laxminarayan said the panchayat would build a memorial in his name.

Meanwhile, Mandsaur SP Manoj Kumar Singh said a probe was being carried out to investigate the circumstances leading to Dhakad’s death. He said Dhakad had indulged in vandalism the day before his detention on Thursday.

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  1. A
    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:52 am
    Please not to give one rupee to LOOTERI CONGRESS MEMBER DIED on riots created by congress
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      Amit Bhattacharjie
      Jun 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm
      Shame on the Congress. Instead of taking money from the government after death caused due to vandalism in the name of the party, the Congress ought to be compensating the dead man's family. Now after taking money, how much will the family pay the party? Really, shame on the Congress for not only letting down party workers but also the voters.
      1. V
        Jun 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm
        It clearly shows that who is instigating farmers by pushing congress workers in kisan rallies just for the sake of votes they cannot stay away from throne and getting frustrated from losses after one and another similar fate is happening in Maharashtra where the parties pressed to brink of getting extinction are getting impetient
        1. I
          Jun 11, 2017 at 12:33 pm
          Rahul hi shud be arrested for rioting and kil framers. Shameless tactics of worst kind. Ugly anti national face of congress coming out in public
          1. D
            Dinkar Rao
            Jun 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm
            That's the actual plot. Wait for some more exposé
          2. D
            Damodar Biswal
            Jun 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm
            Politics is a good business.The congress worker who vandalised public property n should have been penalised got a compensation of one crore.All people who r unemplo may prefer to follow his footsteps.
            1. M
              Jun 11, 2017 at 11:43 am
              Ra_HO-LE Ga_Andu does not care about anything but just instigating riots to clinch into power,----Ra-Ho_le is a CAT-O-LI-cK with his half cut carrot hanging loose in India,----he needs to be thrown out of Hindustan since he is a traitor against Hindus,----his name G@@ndhi should be stripped from him since his passport states him a Italian citizen of CAT-O-LI-cK ethnicity with name as RAUL VINCI,---how come he is en led to run elections when not a Indian citizen????jai hind
              1. B
                Bhadrapati Devi
                Jun 11, 2017 at 11:06 am
                Inspite of punishing the highway looters, they were rewarded. The Thug were used by Congress under the instruction of Rahul hi to let loose reign of terror on highway. Exgratia amount is too much. It may encourage other to do such arson and looting years down the line.
                1. V
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 11:03 am
                  Cong supporters all kind of criminal. They are behind stone pelters in Kashmir saharanpur caste riot, burning and looting in MP.
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