MP: BJP leader arrested for ‘provoking’ mob, politics boils over Dhar mob lynching


BJP leader Ramesh Junapani led a mob that was made to believe that a gang of child-lifters was active in the region which was lynching a farmer: Police

New Delhi| Madhya Pradesh police Thursday arrested a BJP leader for allegedly provoking a mob that was involved in lynching one and left five injured in Borlai village of Dhar district.

The police said that BJP leader Ramesh Junapani led the mob that was made to believe that a gang of child-lifters was active in the region. Three others involved in beating up six farmers from Ujjain and Indore districts were also arrested police added.

Three people have already been identified from the video of the incident and named in the FIR. Five arrests have been made in the case, the Dhar superintendent of police Aditya Pratap Singh said.

The victims had gone to Khidkiya village to recover Rs 1.5 lakh of the Rs 2.5 lakh they had paid in advance to labourers for working in their farms. The labourers reportedly did not show up for work despite getting the advance.

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Five police officials, including the in-charge of Manawar Police Station under whose jurisdiction the incident took place, have been suspended and a Special Investigation Team has been formed.

“MP has been turned into a Taliban Pradesh. People are beaten to death, stoned,” said former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

On the other hand, general administration minister Govind Singh caused a rumble, saying that those involved in lynching are from the RSS and the BJP, and such mentality could be seen only among the supporters of these outfits. He said the government is alert and serious about the incident.

The development comes after a farmer was killed and five others critically injured in Khirkiya village of Madhya Pradesh on suspicion of being child-lifters.

Ganesh was a farmer and he was beaten to death, while five his associates were left critically injured by the accused.

Higher education minister Jitu Patwari and health minister Tulsi Silawat met the injured persons in Indore hospital. Health Minister said the entire cost of treatment of the injured will be provided by the Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh government.

The family of the deceased will be given a compensation of Rs 2 lakh from the government, added the health minister.

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