26-year-old Rishiraj Jindal was shot dead in Rajasthan on Monday night while he & his friends were celebrating a birthday and the abrogation of Article 370, which had just been announced by the Government earlier that day.
The key accused in the matter, Imran, and his accomplice Mansoor (aka Manzala) were arrested by police late night on Wednesday from Barod bus stand in Madhya Pradesh. 12 others accused – Imran’s 2 brothers, Khalid and Anwar, and 10 unknown persons – are still absconding.
As per reports & eyewitness testimony, Rishiraj, who is also a local Bajran Dal leader, was part of a group of 15-20 friends & relatives celebrating outside Green Valley resort on the outskirts of Pirawa town in Jhalawar district. Around 10.30 PM, Imran and Mansoor came on a motorcycle and allegedly told them to stop the celebrations saying ‘this is Pirawa, not Kashmir.’ Around 10 min later, a larger group consisting of Imran, his 2 brothers Khalid & Anwar, Mansoor and 10 others returned, and opened fire hitting Rishiraj on the chest. Others in the group were also fired upon by the accused but had a narrow escape.
Rishiraj was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead. As news of his death spread, many people came out to protest in front of the hospital and Pirawa police station demanding arrest of the accused. On following days, protests were seen across the district.
Hindustan Times has reported that Rishiraj Jindal was killed ‘over loud music’.
As per police records, Imran was released from judicial imprisonment earlier this year after he completed his conviction in a murder case. Police have played down the Article 370 angle and claimed that the dispute originated when the victims abused the motorcyclists who were just passing by, ‘angering’ them to come back with guns and open fire.
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