Muslim Police officer burnt alive in Rajasthan

Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan): A police officer, Phool Muhammad, Station House Officer (SHO) of Mantown, district Sawai Madhopur of Rajasthan was burnt alive in his car by an angry mob on 18 March. His brutal death led to a severe law and order problem involving people of the two religious communities.

It is reported that one day before the tragic incident two youths had climbed at the top of a water tank in a village to protest against police inability to arrest the person/s involved in an earlier case of murder. The duo had challenged the police to arrest the murderer/s before 5 p.m. that day. As the police personnel were trying to negotiate and ask the duo to come down, one of them set himself on fire and jumped from the water tank, resulting in his death on the spot.

This further enraged the agitated crowd which became violent and on seeing SHO Phool Muhammad who had gone to the place of suicide alongwith his team, the crowd forced him inside his police jeep and set it on fire with the result that he was burnt alive. Rajasthan’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot taking action on this incident in the first step set up a committee headed by Bharatpur’s Divisional Commissioner to enquire into the whole incident, suspended DSP Mahinder Singh who had allegedly fled from the scene where SHO Phool Muhammad was attacked and burnt alive and sanctioned a relief/compensation package for Phool Muhammad’s family consisting of payment of Rs. 25 lakhs, an MIG flat, job to the deceased’s kin and free education to his children.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 4

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