A young Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was killed Thursday
when a tractor-trolley, suspected to be laden with
illegally-quarried stones, ran over him when he tried to stop it
in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district, police said. The driver was
Narendra Kumar, 32, sub-divisional police officer of Bamor, was
trying to stop the tractor in the afternoon, a police officer
"But instead of stopping, the driver ran over him. Kumar was
rushed to hospital but died on the way," DIG (Chambal) D.P. Gupta
Kumar, a 2009 batch IPS officer, was on probation. His wife
Madhurani Tewatia, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer,
is also posted in Madhya Pradesh but is presently on maternity
leave in Delhi.
Tractor driver Manoj Gurjar was arrested and the vehicle seized.
Kumar's father Keshav Dev alleged that the incident took place
because of the careless of police. "Should an IPS officer be sent
alone to stop illegal mafia? Where was the force," he asked.
Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta of the Bharatiya Janata Party said
the guilty would not be spared.
Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh of the Congress demanded the
resignation of the home minister.
He alleged that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was
patronising illegal mining in the state.
"At the time of the festival of happiness (Holi), it is the
saddest moment in the history of Madhya Pradesh. But it has
happened because the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has not
taken any action against illegal mining mafia while we have raised
the issue several times," Ajay Singh told IANS.
"The illegal mining has taken place in chief minister's
constituency... the chief minister is patronising mining mafia,"
Chouhan told reporters that it was a sad moment and the opposition
should not try to gain political mileage out of it.