Published On : Mon, Oct 5th, 2015

BJP leader’s death: Barghat town in MP placed under indefinite curfew


Seoni (MP)/ Nagpur:
Barghat town of Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh was placed under indefinite curfew on Monday, following violent incidents including arson, which spurted due to death of a local BJP leader who was severely beaten by two youths on October 3, 2015, said the media reports.

According to reports, BJP Rural General Secretary of Seoni (MP), Kasturchand Thakre, aged 45, was severely beaten by two youths, belonging to a community at Barghat, a tahsil place, 22 kms away from Seoni district HQrs. Being seriously injured, he was rushed to Nagpur for treatment, but he succumbed to multiple injuries during treatment on Sunday evening. As a result, the tension erupted in Barghat, said Seoni District Collector Bharat Yadav.

The tension further grew to such an extent that the Thakre supporters resorted to arson and stone-pelting in vengeance on Monday morning, damaging official car of Thakre and other vehicles. The whole market was closed down and the roads bore a deserted look as a result of the district administration ordered imposition of curfew under section 144 in Barghat town.

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The violent supporters called a mob which turned unruly and ransacked the residences of two youths, and also set on fire a number of two-wheelers parked outside houses. The police soon arrested both the youths responsible for beating Thakre.

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According to Barghat police station in-charge, Ganpatsingh Uikey, both the youths had beaten Thakre when his car hit a motorcycle rider. When the youths asked Thakre to stop, he drove away speedily. Following it, both youths chased him and stopping him, they pulled him out of the car and started thrashing him black and blue. Though the injured was rushed to Barghat Community Health Centre, the Centre referred him to Nagpur as his condition was worsening.

Seoni District Superintendent of Police (SP) R P Singh said that additional forces were called from Chhindwara, Balaghat and Jabalpur districts for deployment in Barghat and efforts were on to control the situation in the town.
Collector Yadav has appealed to people to stay peaceful and do not move out of their houses.

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