Prohibitory orders continue in MP town

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Dewas, MP, Dec 31 (UNI) The situation in the district headquarters, where prohibitory orders were imposed yesterday and Rapid Action Force and additional police personnel stationed in sensitive areas across the district, is under control.

''Prohibitory orders continue to be in force even at Sutarkheda village 30 km from here. I urge citizens not to heed rumours,'' said Superintendent of Police I P Kulshresht.

Prohibitory orders were imposed on this district headquarters after stone-pelting and damage to property at several places in the wake of former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak Sunil Joshi's murder.

The 50-year-old was gunned down by unidentified persons at the isolated Chunakhadan area late on Saturday. Unidentified persons opened fire yesterday on four people at Sutarkheda village and one of the victims Abdul succumbed during treatment. The others were hospitalised at Ujjain. Mr Kulshreshta did not deny the apprehension of the second crime being a reaction to the first.

Police are investigating into the accused apparently fleeing in a car with a red light on top. Mr Joshi was cremated yesterday.

later, Collector Navneet Mohan Kothari issued the prohibitory orders. Two wheeler-borne youths attempted to force closure of markets yesterday morning. More than a dozen shops and more than 20 vehicles -- four-wheelers and two-wheelers -- were damaged. Some people were slightly injured.

Mr Joshi, who hailed from this district's Bamankhedi village, was a pracharak in Dhar district. In 2003, he was one of those accused of murdering Congress leader Syar Singh Ninama in Dhar district's Manpur and was absconding.


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