Chittorgarh police arrested four persons Wednesday in connection with the digging of a dozen graves in and around the Begu area. The incidents had last week led to protests by local Muslims during which roads were blocked for several hours.
“We arrested four persons who had dug up the graves at the behest of some other persons for money,” Chittorgarh Superintendent of Police (SP) Prasanna Kumar Khamesra said. Station House Officer (SHO) of the Begu police station, Bhawani Singh Rajawat, added that the four accused worked for a tantrik (occultist), who is on the run.
At the Begu graveyard on the night of May 11, six graves, with each deceased’s names starting with the letter ‘S’, were dug up and the bodies, the gravestones, and the wooden planks left lying around. Of the six bodies, one was found with a missing head. A headstone was also found missing.
On May 18, nearly 20 km away in Nandwai, five graves were dug up in a similar manner at a local graveyard. The head was severed from one body, but left behind in this case.
A few days later on June 1, a grave was again dug up at the Begu graveyard.
This time too the body was found with its head missing and the name of the deceased started letter ‘S’. Locals took to streets and blocked roads on June 2 after discovering the violated grave.
In all three cases, separate FIRs were filed by the chiefs of the two graveyard committees. Subsequently, a special team under Begu SHO Bhawani Singh Rajawat was constituted.
Later, a forensic team examined the sites and dog squads were put into action. The Crime Investigation Department (CID-CB), Kota was roped in for the investigation.
“We examined the call detail records of suspicious numbers in the area. Through our informers and call record details, we narrowed down on Balu Gurjar, Pappu Bhil, Pyarchand Bhil, who are residents of Gandeliya, (about 10 km south of Begu) and Rajkumar alias Raju Sain of Begu, and arrested them today,” SHO Rajawat said.
“Balu was leading them but they were working for one Laxman Jat, a tantrik, who is on the run. We are on the lookout for him,” he added.
Advocate Arif Ali, who is the Chittorgarh district president of the Social Democratic Party of India, said: “It is good that they caught four persons but they were merely poor labourers who would do anything for money. The police should now catch the main accused.”