Updated: May 14, 2022 2:17:53 pm
Three policemen, including a sub-inspector attached with the Aaron police station, were killed in the wee hours of Saturday in a clash with hunters in the Guna district of Madhya Pradesh.
The incident took place about 55 km away from the district headquarters of Guna near the Sagabarkhedi village where Head Constable Neeraj Bhargav along with constable Santram Meena were deployed on regular ambush duty with a four-wheeler. Their vehicle was being driven by a private driver identified as Lakhan Giri.
It was around 2 am when Sub-Inspector Rajkumar Jatav, who was on night patrol, received information about illegal hunting of deer and peacock. Jatav along with R Pradeep Meenal and head constable Dinesh Gautam left to track the hunters down and reached Sagabarkhedi village at the site of the ambush. Gautam and Meenal were deployed around 100 metre away from where the hunting site was to pass on information.
When Gautam informed Jatav that seven persons had left on two motorcycles, the latter and the other policemen blocked the road using a four-wheeler.
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According to police officials, soon after the poachers realised that they are surrounded by policemen, they opened fired. Three policemen, including 28-year-old Jatav, a resident of Ashok Nagar, Bhargav (36) a resident of Guna and constable Meena (25) a resident of Sheopur died. Meanwhile, Giri was hit by a bullet on his wrist.
The poachers left behind two bags in which the police found four deer heads, two deer bodies and one dead peacock.
The state government has announced compensation of Rs 1 crore to the families of each of the deceased policemen. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called a high-level meeting after which he said, “Stringent action will be taken against the criminals which will set an example. All the accused have almost been identified, a dead body had been found in the nearby village with a bullet injury. The policemen were standing there to stop the hunters and did not know that this would happen. They have also fired in retaliation and will be given the honour of martyrs. While the family of each policeman will be given Rs 1 crore each, one family member will also be given compassionate appointment and all the deceased will be cremated with full honours.” Chouhan also added that Inspector General of Gwalior Anil Sharma has been transferred out for failing to reach the spot in time.
Chouhan has also ordered that the death of tribals in Seoni will also be investigated by an SIT while the entire staff of Kurai police station and Badalpar chowky have been shunted out.
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