Mystery shrouds the death of a 50-year-old activist of Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh, (RSS), who died of gunshot during “Shastra Puja”
(weapon worship) in a school building in Kotra Sultanabad locality
here on September 28.
The incident occurred at Saraswati
Vidya Mandir premises at about 9.45 am just before the Sangh's "Path
Sanchalan" (parade) was about to begin. The deceased was present
inside a room of the school where arms were being cleaned.
The police claimed that it was an
accident, while the family members of the victim smell a foul play
in the incident.
RSS sources claimed that as per rules,
the firearms brought for Shastra puja should not have bullets. It
was a major lacuna and is being investigated as how the loaded gun
reached the venue.
However, Vijay Motwani, son of Naresh
Motwani, alleged that Naresh had been killed by someone in the group
he was sitting with. “He has been murdered. Someone among the group
he was sitting with has committed this crime. Nobody tried to save
his father and everyone said that they ran from the spot.
Definitely, he has been killed. He did not carry any weapon. He
always carried a stick along with him,” said Vijay.
Police officials investigating the
case said they recovered an empty shell of a bullet from the spot.
"Prima facie the recovered empty shell appears to be a 9 mm pistol,"
Bhopal ASP Ruchi Vardhan said.
Sources said, 9 mm is a prohibited
bore unavailable for private use. Only the police and army can use
this, sources maintained.
According to the police, the deceased
Naresh Motwani was cleaning a gun during the annual ritual of
‘Shastra Puja’, when a bullet hit him near his neck. There were
nearly 40-50 people present at the time of the incident but police
was not able to identify or contact anyone so far. A case of death
under Section 174 has been registered and further investigations are
Later, when he was rushed to Hamidia
hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police are yet to
identify from whose gun this bullet was fired.
On Dussehra festival, when demon King
Ravana’s effigies are burnt, a lot of people worship their weapons
as well as part of age-old Hindu ritual. The practice goes back to
era of Mahabharat.
RSS Vibhag Sarsanghchalak Kantilal
Chatar in a statement expressed grief over the death of Motwani in
the accidental gunshot. He stated that it was a loss to the society
and RSS. “We are with Motwani family in their moment of sorrow and
provide all possible assistance to the police and administration in
the death of Naresh Motwani,” he added.
Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, (MPCC),
has condemned the incident claiming that the RSS started doing this
Shastra Puja in group only to spread terror in the society.
Meanwhile, MPCC has demanded that a
case for violation of Arms Act should be registered against Madhya
Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for firing with a
pistol in air at a function on Monday.
State Congress Spokesman, Arvind
Malaviya said that newspapers today carried a picture showing
Chouhan shooting from a pistol.
Malaviya said that a revolver had been
given to the Chief Minister at the time of the elections and he
should clarify the name of the person who owned the pistol from
which he fired at "Shastra poojan".
Chouhan should also clarify that
pistol he fired with was licenced or not and if it was licenced, he
should declare the name of license holder, he added.