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One killed in police firing in Singrauli, indefinite curfew imposed

<p>One person was killed in police firing in Singrauli town, where an indefinite curfew was clamped this evening following violence, police said.</p>

Press Trust Of India

Updated:December 14, 2013, 12:24 PM IST
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One killed in police firing in Singrauli, indefinite curfew imposed
<p>One person was killed in police firing in Singrauli town, where an indefinite curfew was clamped this evening following violence, police said.</p>

One person was killed in police firing in Singrauli town, where an indefinite curfew was clamped this evening following violence, police said.

Enraged over the death of a person who was detained by police and later went missing, a large number of people staged a road blockade and set afire several vehicles, including District Collector M Selvendran's official car.

As the cane-charge failed to control the violent mob, police opened fire, leading to the death of one Nateeb Siddiqui, they said.

An indefinite curfew was imposed at 8pm to bring the situation under control in the town, about 650km from state capital Bhopal, a senior official told PTI.

The trouble started following the recovery of the body of one Akhilesh Sahu, who was picked up by the police for questioning in connection with a case about 6-7 days back. His body was found in a well in Amjara village near here.

The locals blamed the police for Sahu's death. Police, however, said they had released him after questioning and had no role in the incident.

The Collector has ordered a magisterial probe into the police firing.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Ajay Singh termed the twin deaths as "unfortunate" and demanded a judicial probe and also action against Singrauli's Superintendent of Police. Singh also demanded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to their kin.

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