Law and Order seems to be major causality in the newly formed Congress government, after a gap of 15 years, in Madhya Pradesh. For the first time the state is witnessing series of political killings.
The state witnessed fourth `political killing’ within seven days, as the body of RSS leader Himmat Patidar was found murdered brutally in Ratlam district. His body was recovered from near an agricultural plot in Kamed village. As per the police, the suspect tried to burn the face of the deceased but could not succeed.
According to Superintendent of Police Gaurav Tiwari, they found the body of RSS’s former Shivpur mandal karyawaha Himmat Patidar (34) near his field in village Kamed. Patidar throat had been slit and his face burnt in a bid to hide his identity. His motorcycle was parked around 10 meters away from the body.
Tiwari said, “We have a suspect in this case and he is from the same village and is absconding. The suspect’s presence has been corroborated by independent witnesses. The deceased and suspect have previous enmity as around four years back the deceased had an affair with the suspect’s wife. Teams have been sent to nab him.”
Denying any relation of the deceased with anyone family members said Patidar had left his house in Kamed at around 1.30 am on Wednesday to switch on the pump to water the fields. However, when he did not return by the morning they became worried. His father Laxminarayan went to the field looking for him and found his body.
Ratlam BJP MLA Dilip Makwana said ever since the Congress came to power, those associated with BJP and its allied organisations were being targeted. Home Minister Bala Bachchan said murders should not be politicised. “It is our duty to maintain law and order and nab the accused who are responsible for such heinous crimes.”
Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan condemned the incident and demanded strict action against the culprit. “My heartiest condolences to RSS leader Shri Himmat Patidar. I am deeply hurt with the news of his murder. Urge government to nab his killers at the earliest,” Chouhan tweeted.
In another post, he attacked the newly-formed Kamal Nath government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
In similar incidents, BJP leader Manoj Thakre was brutally found murdered in state Home Minister Bala Bachchan’ns native district Barwani on January 20. The Mandsaur Nagar Palika chief and BJP leader Prahlad Bhandwar was shot dead by an unidentified person in the district.
Bandhwar was attacked when he was standing outside District Cooperative Bank, located in Nai Abadi area, at around 7 PM. A hunt for the killer was launched by the police. On Monday, another man Chhatar Singh Rawat, whose brother is a BJP leader was also found murdered in Gwalior district.