Poachers kill three policemen in Guna


Guna : A band of poachers gunned down three policemen including a sub-inspector and two constables at Aron area in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh at 4am on Saturday, official sources said. According to reports, the incident occurred when the poachers were carrying a dead blackbuck and the policemen challenged them. The senior officials were tight-lipped about the incident.

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Those who were killed in the incident were identified as sub-inspector Raj Kumar Jatav, constables Neeraj Bhargava and Santram. The injured driver was rushed to the district hospital.Superintendent of police Rajeev Mishra said that after receiving a tipoff on the presence of armed poachers in the area three teams were sent to Aron.

When the poachers came to know that they were surrounded from all sides they began to fire at the police teams and managed to escape, he said. Aron where the incident occurred comes under the Gwalior-Chambal region and shares a border with Rajasthan. A large contingent of police was sent to the spot. The administration has begun to inquire into the incident.

Mishra further said that a police service rifle had gone missing and empty cartridges were recovered from the spot indicated that the criminals used country-made firearms. Aside from empty cartridges, carcases of blackbuck and peacock were found at the site, he said.

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On the heels of the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Home Minister held an emergency meeting with the home secretary, director general police and senior police officials of the Gwalior-Chambal region.Narottam Mishra said that seven poachers were involved in the incident.  “A poacher was also reported to be injured during the police firing. The government has decided to pay ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore to each bereaved police family,” he said.