The Hush Post: Raja Chauhan, a worker of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was booked for firing, by the Madhya Pradesh Police in Gwalior. The firing took place during the protest against the dilution of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Act. Chouhan has been booked under section 308 of the Indian Penal Code (Attempt to commit culpable homicide).
Captured on camera, he was seen firing at people during the protest. The image of him firing at the crowd have gone viral over social media.
Denying his involvement, Chauhan’s family said he was out of Gwalior on Monday. However, they admitted 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,” Surendra Singh Chouhan, Raja Chouhan’s father, said.
Raja Chauhan has not been arrested and is absconding ever since the incident took place.
The death toll in Madhya Pradesh reached seven, after one person succumbed to his injuries. Violent clashes broke out in the state following the nationwide bandh that had been called by Dalit organisations across the country.
Many protesters resorted to stone pelting, damaging public properties and blockades of railways and highways.
Violence was also reported from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat and Punjab.
The nationwide bandh was called following a Supreme Court order, which introduced the concept of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. The order also said that there would be no automatic arrest on any complain filed under this law. Following widespread condemnation of the SC ruling, the Centre filed a review petition, asking the Court to reconsider its order.