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Cops Forced Me to 'Falsely' Testify, Says MP Man Who 'Witnessed' Attack on CM Shivraj Chouhan

The windowpane of Chouhan's campaign vehicle was damaged in the stone-pelting that took place in Churhat town, about 540 kms from here, and nine Congress workers were arrested the next day for allegedly being behind the incident.

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Updated:September 9, 2018, 8:21 AM IST
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Cops Forced Me to 'Falsely' Testify, Says MP Man Who 'Witnessed' Attack on CM Shivraj Chouhan
File photo of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh. (Image: PTI)
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Bhopal: A 23-year-old man on Saturday alleged that police forced him to "falsely" testify against seven people for allegedly pelting stones on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's vehicle on September 2 in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district.

The windowpane of Chouhan's campaign vehicle was damaged in the stone-pelting that took place in Churhat town, about 540 kms from here, and nine Congress workers were arrested the next day for allegedly being behind the incident.

Speaking to reporters at the residence of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the MP Assembly, Ajay Singh, "witness" Sandeep Chaturvedi claimed that a sub-inspector had made him sign a statement "under duress".

"Neither did I witness the September 2 (stone pelting) incident at Churhat nor do I know the men arrested in the case," he said.

"Around 1.30 am, Sub Inspector Dipak Baghela came to the petrol pump where I work and took me to the Kamarji police station. He asked me to give a statement that these men, whose names were already written on a piece of paper handed to me, had pelted stones at Chouhan's vehicle," he claimed.

Chaturvedi alleged that he was thrashed by police after he told them that he did not see the incident and did not know the people named on the piece of paper.

"Baghela and other policemen thrashed me and made me falsely testify that Sanjay Singh, Charan Singh, Gaurav Singh, Saurabh Singh, Roshan Singh, Saurabh Dwivedi and Shivendra Singh pelted stones at the chief minister's vehicle," he alleged.

"Kamarji police station in charge was mounting pressure on me to falsely testify before the trial court under section 164 (of CrPC)," Chaturvedi claimed, adding that he now feared for his life.

When contacted, Sidhi Superintendent of Police Tarun Nayak told PTI that he would not be able to speak on the issue as the probe into it was still underway.

Meanwhile, Ajay Singh claimed that the MP government had registered a case in this incident in order to defame him.

Singh dared Chouhan to fight Assembly polls from Churhat, from where the former is sitting MLA.
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