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Khargaone Communal Violence: First Death Reported; Curfew Clamped Again

Story Highlights
  • 28 year old missing found dead in Indore.
  • Ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to be handed over to kin.
  • Curfew re imposed, relaxation called off.

Indore: Body of a 28 year old resident of Islampura who had gone missing soon after communal clashes broke out in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone during a Ram Navami procession on April 10 was found in Indore’s M Y Hospital.

The body reached the hospital on Sunday and was identified by the kin in the early hours on Monday based on a missing complaint they filed. According to officials, the deceased was a victim of the communal clashes that took place in Khargaone on the occasion of Ram Navmi.

The victim is identified as Ibraish Khan, a sweeper from the municipality and the first to have been killed in the violence. The administration has been making preparations for an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin.

According to the Khargone police, on April 11 they found an injured person in Kapas Mandi, 300 metres away from Ibraish’s house. He was rushed to the government hospital, but was declared dead and remained unidentified, they said. SP Rohit Keswani said -We were told by the supervisor of Kapas Mandi that his guard Kamal Salve had heard a group of men brutally beating up another man in Kapas Mandi. The guard told us that the men kept saying, ‘maaro isko maaro’, but soon after they heard police sirens, they all ran away”.

The body was handed over to the family who cremated it under police security. The first death has prompted the local administration to forgo relaxations and clamp down curfew restrictions in the violence-hit town. The curfew relaxation extended for six hours was cancelled and the restrictions will be in force till further notice, an official release said.

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