CBI chargesheets Karni Sena leader, 23 others in Rajasthan’s 2017 Nagaur riot case

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Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet against 24 accused, including Rajput Karni Sena’s founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi in connection with Nagaur riot case. The chargesheet was filed before the designated court in Jodhpur over riots in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district where policemen were assaulted and held captive following a gangster’s encounter in July 2017.

The CBI had registered a case in this regard on January 5, 2018, on the request of the Rajasthan government to probe the riots where policemen were physically assaulted and damage was caused to public property such as railway tracks.

According to reports, riots in Nagaur were triggered over the encounter of gangster Anand Pal Singh by the state police in Churu district on June 24, 2017. Members of Singh’s family had alleged that he was gunned down by police despite expressing his wish to surrender.

Following Anand Pal Singh’s death, family members did not cremate his body and instead organised a ‘Shradhanjali Sabha’ at his native village of Sanwrad to put pressure on the government of the day.

Sources revealed that Lokendra Singh Kalvi invited people to visit Sanwrad and a large crowd gathered there on July 12, 2017. Another accused in the case, Seema Raghuvanshi arranged a crowd of over 10,000 people with an intention to create violence, sources added.

File photo of Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi (Photo Credits: Munish Pandey)

During its probe of the riots, CBI found that the accused along with thousands of supporters flocked to the police control room at Sanwrad Tiraha and threatened the administration

“A large number of persons came to the stage and gave hate speeches to instigate the crowd. The instigated crowd pelted stones over the police vehicles in which the police personnel suffered injuries. Some of the police personnel were allegedly made captive in a house and the crowd snatched the arms (including .9 mm service pistol, cartridges, etc), mobile phones and other items,” the CBI revealed.

According to sources, the violence was pre-conspired by the accused by portraying policemen as targets in the eyes of the crowd.

The unruly mob has also set ablaze the official vehicle of Nagaur’s police chief Monika Sen while physically assaulting cops on duty. Sen had also incurred serious injuries.

Over 50 people, including 30 policemen were seriously injured during the violence in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district.

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