The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission on Monday sought a report from the Director General of Police and the Superintendent of Police, Ashoknagar, on the reported killing of a tribal man and injury to four others by a group over a land dispute.
The Commission’s Chairperson Narendra Kumar Jain on Saturday sent the notices to the officials, asking them to submit a report within three weeks, over the incident which occurred on May 26 at the Kulua Chakk village of the district.
The police had announced a reward of ₹60,000 for information about the main accused Girraj Yadav and others, who were absconding.
On Thursday, tribals from 200 villages threatened to hit the streets if the culprits were not arrested within two days.
“The accused are yet to be arrested,” Shareef Mohammed Siddiquie, Assistant Director, Ashoknagar administration said.
Under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the authorities gave Rs 8, 25,000 to the wife of the deceased, Khuman Singh, and Rs 75,000 each to the four injured.
On May 26, Khuman’s son Mohar Singh was cutting a babul tree using an axe in the field, when Balram Yadav, father of Girraj, told him not to chop the tree as the land belonged to him. However, Mohar claimed ownership of the tree, and said he has a right to cut it, Khilan Singh, 21, the other son of the deceased, told the police.
At that point, Balram allegedly started hurling slurs at Mohar, and called up his son, who, along with the other accused, reached the spot. They attacked Khuman and his family, and set their hut that stored wheat on fire.
The family has alleged that the accused had grabbed their land.
Hearing the retort, Balram called his son on the phone, who arrived in two vehicles along with the other accused half an hour later. They started hitting the father first with a weapon, then his sons and a daughter. Eventually, they set light to the hut where they resided.