Madhya Pradesh: Cops out to arrest loot accused get beaten up, return empty-handed

Bhopal: A police team comprising personnel from Kotwali and Bajaria police stations who went to arrest miscreants involved in loot and theft cases were attacked by their relatives. Stones were pelted on cops by women in Sikandari Sarai area near Bhopal railway station in wee hours of Saturday. Three police personnel, including two ASIs, were injured in the attack and the team had to return empty-handed.

ASI Jitendra Kewat posted at Kotwali police station along with four constables took two miscreants to Bajaria police station. These two miscreants were arrested in connection with a theft incident. Based on their inputs, police went to Mustafa ki Chaal in Sikandari Sarai of Bajaria area to arrest two habitual offenders- Firoz Lootera and Shoaib Puncture who were accomplices of the arrested miscreants.

The case

Police said that based on the information revealed by the two thieves, a police team from Kotwali police station including ASI Jitendra Kewat and four constables decided to raid Firoz’s house at Mustafa Ki Chawl in Sikandari Sarai to arrest him and his accomplice Shoaib alias ‘puncture’ alias Shoaib Anna.

They contacted Bajaria police and duty officer ASI Dilip Singh went along with them to raid the spot. Around 1.30 am, the cops reached Firoz’s house in a 400 metre long narrow lane. However when they knocked on the door and called out for Firoz, the women members of family went upstairs and pelted stones from terrace on the police team.

The police team managed to get hold of one accused but his relatives attacked the team with bamboo sticks. As a result, the accused managed to escape. In the attack, ASI Dileep Singh, ASI Jitendra Kewat and constable Shivprakash Pandey were injured. Later ASI Dileep informed senior police officials on wireless about the incident after which more police force was sent from police control room to the crime scene. But the accused and family members fled after locking their home.

Previous incidents

There are seven notorious spots in the city where police have been attacked in the past. Retired cops maintain that they should not raid these spots without proper preparation. Irani Dera, Kanjarpura in Itwara, Islampura, Shahjahanabad, Aishbagh, Qazi Camp and Kalla Shah ka Ahata in Jehangirabad are among the tricky areas. These areas are thickly crowded and congested with narrow lanes. In a similar attack, an IPS officer Abhay Kumar lost his eye in one such incident in past.