at a police constable in Madhya Pradesh''s Indore district when
he asked them to stay indoors to contain the spread of
coronavirus, an official said on Wednesday.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the
incident that took place in Chandan Nagar area here on Tuesday
evening, he said.
A purported video of the incident also went viral on
social media, in which the policeman was seen running to save
himself from seven to eight people who were throwing stones
and chasing him. One of the miscreants was seen picking up a
stick while chasing the policeman.
Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Jain told PTI
that when the constable asked some people out on streets to go
back home, they started arguing and threw stones at him.
The policeman then ran for his life and alerted his
seniors following which additional force was rushed to the
area, he said.
Five people - identified as Javed (25), Imran Khan
(24), Nasir Khan (58), Sali Khan (50) and Samir Anwar (22) -
were later arrested and booked under IPC sections 147
(rioting), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by
public servant), 353 (assault of criminal force to deter
public servant from discharge of his duty) and other relevant
"We are also recommending to the district
administration to book Javed and Imran Khan under the National
Security Act (NSA)," Jain said.
Search was on for another absconding accused.
This is the third incident in the state of attack on
those at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus.
Earlier, two policemen on lockdown enforcement duty
were injured after a mob attacked them with knives and in
Bhopal''s old city area on Monday night.
On April 1, two women doctors were injured after
stones were pelted at them when they went to Tatpatti Bakhal
area of Indore for contact tracing of COVID-19 patients.
Indore, which is the worst affected with coronavirus
in the state, is under curfew since March 25. PTI HWP MAS