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Armed villagers gherao police station, allege negligence over couple’s death investigation

Udaipur : More than 200 villagers from Makanpura village of Banswara protested at the Ghantali police station in Pratapgarh district on Thursday alleging negligence on the authorities to investigate the reasons behind mysterious death of a boy and a girl in Thenchla village underGhantali police station area on April 18. The tribal villagers were armed with lathis, bows-arrows, swords and desi weapon called ‘Gofan’ which is used to catapult stones at a rocket speed.

According to sources, police had found bodies of Nakuram (19) so Ratan Maaida from Makanpura and Bhula (17) do Gautam Ninama resident of Thenchla from a 50 feet deep pit. The boy’s family said that he had gone to Ranpur village to attend a wedding ceremony while the girl too had gone to attend the same function.Police believed that it wasnt a case of murder but perhaps the couple fell into the pit due to darkness and were killed. Meanwhile, the boy’s family and relatives had been taking regular followup of the investigation progress, however, police didnt had any clue of their deaths.

Infuriated at the snail paced investigation, the boy’s people had gathered at the police station and held a ‘chadhai’ as per their local tradition to protest over the death. Sensing a tension, authorities deployed additional forces at Ghantali police station and after some six hours of pacification, the villagers finally withdrew their dharna.

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