Raja Chouhan, the man who was caught on camera firing at protesters in Gwalior was booked for attempt to commit culpable homicide. However, Chouhan’s family claims he was not in town when the incident took place.
A day after men brandishing guns was caught on camera in Gwalior and Morena during the Bharat bandh that was called by various Dalit organizations, the Madhya Pradesh Police registered a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide under section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Raja Chouhan.
Chouhan is the man who was seen firing at the crowd in the Khatipura area in Gwalior on Monday.
Chouhan has, however, not been arrested and is reportedly absconding. The other man seen brandishing a rifle in Morena has still not been identified.
State IG of police Makrand Deoskar while talking to media in Bhopal claimed that the police had its priorities set and that maintaining law and order was on priority.
“The matter is being investigated. I cannot say who is that man. We will shift our focus towards him once we are done with the law and order situation,” Makrand Deoskar said.
Family members of Raja Chouhan have denied his involvement claiming he was out of Gwalior on Monday even as they accepted that community members had to open fire to save themselves.
“We had to fire to save ourselves from the Dalit arsonists who had come in large numbers. My son was not involved as he is in Indore,” Raja Chouhan’s father Surendra Singh Chouhan said.
Meanwhile, the death toll in Monday’s violence in Madhya Pradesh has risen to eight while four people have been reported dead from Bhind, two were killed in Gwalior and one each in Debra and Morena.
Police have registered a murder case in the Morena killing against one Ram Gujjar and two others.
Police claimed that Gujjar shot 20-year-old Rahul Pathak as he nursed an old grudge against him.
Police had also registered an attempt to murder case against two policemen for opening fire in Marchand. One person identified as Mahaveer Singh Rajawat was killed in the firing and the case would now be investigated under section 301 of the IPC.