New Delhi: A man and a woman from a Jatav family were killed and two from a Muslim family were injured after the two families in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind clashed over the issue of home quarantine.
The local police, which says the families are neighbours in the Prem Nagar area, has however not registered a cross FIR in the matter. It has booked nine persons from the Muslim family in a case of murder and attempt to murder, and arrested four of them, saying the family was “more aggressive”.
The clash started after a woman, Kalaa Jatav, spotted one Kapure Khan venturing out of his house. Kapure had come to visit the Muslim family a month ago from Delhi, and was advised home quarantine after his initial screening by local health authorities.
According to the police, Kalaa asked Kapure to go inside the house and also get himself tested for Covid-19. Kapure argued that he had already completed over a month in home quarantine, and was fine. This enraged Kalaa and a verbal altercation ensued between the two.
“The altercation was soon joined by family members from both sides. First, the women of both families started arguing, and then the men joined in. The altercation took a violent turn when stone-pelting started from both sides,” a police officer investigating the case told ThePrint.
“While Kalaa Jatav died on the spot, her brother Vishnu Jatav was seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital in Gwalior, where he succumbed to his injuries,” the officer said.
Investigation and arrest
The investigation in the case has revealed that Kapure, son-in-law of Munna Khan, came to stay in the area a month ago from Delhi.
According to the police, the district administration had screened Kapure and didn’t suspect him to be infected. However, officials suggested that Kapure and other family members remain in home quarantine for precaution.
“Kapure did not leave home for over a month. But Friday evening, when he was sitting outside his house in an open space, Kalaa Jatav objected to it, which started the fight,” the police officer said.
“The main accused in the case is Kapure Khan. His father-in-law and brother-in-law and other members of their family have also been booked for murder and attempt to murder. Four of them have been arrested,” the officer said.
“When the clash began, the members of the Muslim family got together — their numbers were much greater than the Jatavs. This is the reason why the casualties were reported from the Jatav side,” he said.
“Two persons from the Muslim family have also sustained some injuries, but those are not grievous in nature.”