Southwest monsoon of 2017 made an entry into Madhya Pradesh, covering just a small southwestern part of the state. Among the districts that were partly covered include Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat and Anuppur that was just touched. Heavy rainfall was recorded in these areas while thundershowers were reported from other areas too. It would take a few more days for monsoon to reach Bhopal and other parts of state. Few more parts are likely to be covered by Friday.
The MP government on Wednesday suspended the officers who were in charge in Mandsaur district when police firing killed six farmers. Swatantra Kumar Singh, who was Collector, Superintendent of Police OP Tripathi and City SP Sai Krishna S Thota have been suspended. Government order stated that all the three officers were unable to contain violence in Mandsaur and were prima facie found at fault. They would be posted at Bhopal during the period of suspension.
Three more farmers ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Narmada Yadav ended life in Hoshangabad while another farmer Kaju Khan committed suicide in Siddiqganj in Sehore. The third Kalla ended life in Shivpuri.
Things went out of control on Bhopal-Indore highway yet again on Friday morning as hundreds of farmers came out on the busy road, indulging in stone pelting and arson. This caused major jam on the road on both side of Phanda toll plaza. Cross stone pelting by protesters and police was reported. Trucks were set ablaze. Heavy police force was rushed to the spot. Also senior officials have rushed to the spot.
In an expected move, the state government on Thursday shunted Mandsaur collector Swatantra Kumar Singh and superintendent of police OP Tripathi in wake of the farmers' killing in police firing two days ago. Now, OP Shrivastava (till now in Shivpuri) is the Mandsaur collector and Neemuch SP Manoj Singh is the new police chief. Also collectors of Ratlam and Neemuch collectors have been shifted. Tanvi Saundriyal has been posted in Ratlam and Kaushalendra Vikram Singh in Neemuch. Tarun Rathi has been made Shivpuri collector.
As many as 25 persons were feared dead in a blast in a crackers' factory godown in Balaghat. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Senior officials had rushed to the spot. Relief and rescue workers were pressed into service. More details are awaited.
Farmers' protests turned even more violent on Wednesday. Four chartered buses between Indore and Bhopal have been set afire, passengers allowed to leave but their goods burnt.
It was a narrow escape for CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu when the temporary dome structure collapsed due to thunderstorm in Indore. Several persons were injured and hospitalised. However, the politicians escaped unhurt. It was Indore municipal corporation's even to celebrate city being adjudged cleanest in India.
Indra Vishnoi, one of prime accused in the sensational Bhanwari Devi murder case of Rajasthan was arrested in Dewas of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, six years after the crime. Vishnoi, sister of Congress ex-MLA Malkhan Singh, who is also accused in the case, was arrested by Rajasthan police with help of MP police and handed over to CBI. She carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh announced by CBI as she absconded soon after the murder came to light in 2011. Former minister Mahipal Maderna is also one of the accused in the murder case of Bhanwari Devi, who was an ANM and reportedly had illicit relation with both Maderna and Malkhan Singh.
A lady Ph D scholar from Bhopal, who was pursuing her doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi was found dead in her apartment on the IIT campus late on Tuesday evening. The body of the scholar, Manjula Devak (27) was found hanging in her room, though no suicide note was found, sources said. Police are investigating further.
Congress legislator Prem Singh passed away in Satna on Monday. Singh, a Congress MLA, represented Chitrakut constituency in the State Assembly. He had heart attack in the morning. Singh was 66.
In a somersault, the MP government on Saturday cancelled the transfer of Harda collector Srikanth Banoth. Tarun Rathi who was posted as collector has been sent back as deputy secretary to mineral resources department. Banoth had been transferred just a day after externing BJP ex-minister Kamal Patel's son Sudeep who faces 14 criminal cases.
The state president of BJP, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan on Friday served notice upon senior party leader and ex-minister Kamal Patel. He has been charged with 'anti-party actions' and asked to personally appear to explain his position within five days. Patel had filed complaint on illegal mining in Narmada in National Green Tribunal and has been issuing statements on 'corrupt administration's complicity' in illegal sand mining.
In another tragic accident, 11 persons were reported killed on spot and 12 others grievously injured, when a tractor trolley that they were travelling after visiting a temple in overturned in Neemuch of Madhya Pradesh. The accident occurred near Kaanka Phata. All the deceased are from Sitamau in neighbouring Mandsaur district.
Police station in-charge of Gairatganj in Raisen district, Sanjay Dubey committed suicide on Thursday morning. He shot himself with his service revolver at his home. He was taken to hospital but succumbed. Senior officials including superintendent of police Jagat Singh had reached the spot to look into the matter. The reason of the extreme step could not be immediately known.
Just a day after he issued an order externing son of a BJP ex-minister, the Harda district collector Srikanth Banoth was shunted out on Wednesday. He has been posted as deputy secretary in state secretariat. Deputy secretary, mineral resources department, Tarun Rathi (in pic) has replaced Banoth. On Tuesday, Banoth had externed Sudeep Patel, son of ex-minister Kamal Patel, who has 14 criminal cases against him.
Sudeep Patel, son of ex-minister Kamal Patel and facing 14 criminal cases, was on Tuesday externed from Harda district. Sudeep has been asked not to enter Harda or four surrounding districts for one year, according to rule. Kamal Patel was in Bhopal since past three days trying to get the externment deferred, but failed.
Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders including leader of opposition Ajay Singh were arrested after staging a dharna near the Chief Minister's House to demand dismissal of state minister Lal Singh Arya. The minister has been made an accused in the murder of ex-MLA of Congress Makhanlal Jatav in Gohad of Bhind. The Congress leaders were released on bail later.
Four persons died after consuming spurious liquor in Gauspur of Morena district early on Monday morning. All of them had consumed the liquor late on Sunday night and then fallen sick. They were referred to Gwalior hospital, but succumbed. The police are looking into the matter, though it was not clear where the victim got the liquor from. The dead are aged between 27 and 40 years.
Six persons were killed when a bus carrying passengers from Jabalpur to Amarkantak fell in a roadside pit in Dindori in the wee hours of Sunday. About two dozen passengers were injured in the accident that occurred near Jogitikaria village. Seven seriously injured persons were referred to hospital in Jabalpur.
Wife of a BJP man from Udaipura in Raisen who died in mysterious circumstances after a video showing him touching the feet of some influential higher caste persons went viral, has tried to commit suicide. Rinki Poria, wife of Sharad Poria, a dalit leader, cut her wrists and also attempted to slit her throat. She is undergoing treatment. Kin of the couple have alleged that Poria died of heart attacked after being deeply embarrassed by the viral video where he is seen being forced to apologise. Rinki attempted suicide as police failed to take any action against the accused influential people.
Union minister for Environment Anil Dave passed away in Delhi on Thursday. He was 61. Dave was associated with RSS from an early age. A Rajya Sabha MP from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, he was admitted in AIIMS where he breathed his last.
Nine members of a family from Kondagaon in Chhattisgarh were killed in a horrific road accident in Shahdol district of MP on Monday afternoon. The family of Deepak and Prakash Gandhi was returning home by road from Hrishikesh when their SUV rammed into a stationary truck near Semra village in Jaisinghnagar of Shahdol. Six persons were killed on spot while three others died in Hospital.
Daughter-in-law of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) rank officer posted in Guna has been arrested by the Shivpuri police allegedly while trying to 'purchase' a young women as bride for her brother. The accused Mahima was reportedly purchasing the woman, hailing from Narsinghpur from one Devendra Dhakad. Mahima has claimed she was just fixing the alliance and not purchasing the woman.
A security guard with HDFC bank shot dead his wife and two other persons before turning the gun on himself in Ashoknagar of MP on Friday. The guard reportedly fired indiscriminately from his licensed gun for around an hour, triggering panic in the locality. The police allegedly responded late to the calls and by time they arrived, the guard Lakhan Raghuvanshi had killed himself and three others.
Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh has said that the manner in which names of merit holders were released a day before the MP board exam results were to be announced, is a serious breach of confidentiality. That students were called up to reach Bhopal a day in advance, is shocking and puts question mark on functioning of Board. Singh said that just like Vyapam scam, every institution's independence is now compromised in MP.
Samyak Jain of Tikamgarh topped the class 12th exam of MP Board of Secondary Education while Devprakash Manjhi of Gwalior topped the class 10 exam. Both results were declared on Friday morning. Sanyam scored 485/500 while Devprakash scored 587/600 marks. Overall 49.86% students passed class 10 exam. Pass percentage for class 12 was 67.87. The toppers were felicitated by chief minister Shivraj Chouhan.
As many as 11 persons were killed when a jeep that was carrying workers, fell off the road at Chargawan near Jabalpur. Ten people died on the spot while one succumbed to injures in hospital, while 15 others were injured. The jeep was packed to capacity with workers, who were being taken for work by a contractor. Apart from compensation, a probe has been ordered.
In a shocking incident, a middle-aged man raped a child in Jabalpur. The 4-yr-old girl was playing outside her house when the accused took her along and raped her. The accused Bal Kishan Lodhi, 50, has been arrested. The victim is undergoing treatment in a hospital. The police are interrogating Lodhi who has been charged with rape as well as POCSO Act.
Tragedy struck Jat family from Ichhawar in Sehore as nine members of the extended family including the groom were killed in a horrific accident in Dhar district. The groom Mukesh Jat was killed on spot along with eight others as a container rammed their SUV at Ganpati Ghat. The marriage procession was headed to Sirsi in Manawar. Two seriously injured were rushed to Indore for treatment.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no illegal slaughterhouse will be allowed to operate in Madhya Pradesh. He said that illegal abattoirs will be shut. Chouhan was addressing the gathering at Mohankheda, a Jain pilgrimage centre in MP.
A prisoner hanged himself in Morena jail. Dinesh Singh was arrested for raping his minor niece. On Friday, court was all set to deliver verdict in the case but the same day he killed himself. It is suspected that he was scared that he would be given death sentence, and he decided to hang self with a towel in jail. Earlier on Friday, SC held death sentence to Nirbhaya gang rape accused in Delhi. A while later Dinesh Singh ended his life.
The MP High Court on Thursday acquitted a rape-murder accused who was facing death penalty. The double bench of Justices SK Seth and HP Singh acquitted the accused Nagendra Tiwari for the want of clinching evidence. The bench said the prosecution failed to give any evidence to connect the accused with the crime. Tiwari was given death penalty by Sidhi district court for murder of a woman after unnatural sex and torture.
The MP High Court on Wednesday issued an order for arrest of Rewa district collector Rahul Jain, for his failure to appear in the court and comply to an order of the court for relief to an employee. The bench of Justice Anjuli Palo ordered that police issue an arrest warrant for the district collector and make him appear in the court on May 4.
A BJP leader Rudra Narayan 'Betu' Pandey was shot dead in front of police station in Gwalior. He was shot in the neck. The incident occurred at 11 am at Jhansi Road police station. Pandey was riding bike with his brother, when he was killed. Three persons have been rounded up. & being quizzed. The motive could be over exerting influence in area or old enmity, said police.
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar lashed out at critics of Swachh Bharat campaign. Training his guns at those who termed open defecation free (ODF) drive as part of colonial mentality, Tomar said that such people should first get toilets constructed. IAS officer Dipali Rastogi had earlier said that while drinking water is not available, the excessive use of water for toilets was an impractical idea imported from West. BJP leader Prahlad Patel had also supported him.
Seven persons including two children and three women were killed when a speeding container (truck) hit a car near Kalothara Phatak in Shivpuri on Friday morning. The accident occured when family of one Ramkumar Shrivas was travelling from Gujarat to Bhind (MP) for a marriage ceremony. Five died on spot.
Indore's Anany Sharma has bagged All India 10th rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The results of the exam were declared on Thursday. Kalpit Virwal of Udaipur (Rajasthan) topped with 360/360 marks.
Dhavendra Kumar of Balod, belonging to a farming family topped the higher secondary (12th) exam of Chhattisgarh State Board of Secondary Education, the result of which was declared on Thursday. Dhavendra scored 98.60% marks. Altamash Sabri scored 97.80% to stand second in merit list.
In the wake of dastardly attack of Maoists that killed 26 CRPF jawans on Monday, the Madhya Pradesh police have issued high alert on bordering districts -Kawardha and Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh and Gondia of Maharashtra.
Educationist Sagheer Baidaar passed away in Bhopal on Thursday. A veteran journalist who had taken upon himself the task to inspire youths to perform better in academics though scholarships, he set up MECAPS. The society was primarily to motive Muslim students but also gave awards to students of other communities.
An office bearer of the contract power company employees association died of a heart attack on Tuesday while he was addressing agitating employees at Ambedkar Maidan in Bhopal. Ramnarayan Dixit fell down while giving a speech and was declared dead at hospital. The contract employees are on indefinite strike since April 17 to demand regularisation of services.
A Congress leader and property dealer Saeed Malguzar shot dead his wife and himself, apparently over a domestic dispute, in wee hours of Wednesday in Jabalpur. Malguzar (60) shot himself with another gun after his son Sonu took away the revolver he used to kill his wife Husna Bano (55). Malguzar has been the vice-president of Jabalpur city Congress, sources said.
A woman and her two teenage daughters committed suicide on railway track in Ahmadpur off Hoshangabad road in capital Bhopal. The deceased have been identified as Suraj Bai (48), Sapna (18) and Sushma (16). The trio apparently committed suicide in wee hours of Wednesday due to acute poverty. They stayed in a single room shanty near D Mart on Misrod Road.
Seven persons were killed and many more received burn injuries as massive fire engulfed the Ranipura cracker market in Indore on Tuesday afternoon. The fire reportedly started from Dilip Pathaka Centre and soon spread elsewhere to due to presence of large quantities of inflammatory material.
Ilayaraja T is back as Bhind collector and SP Anil Singh Kushwaha as the superintendent of police (SP). The state government on Sunday issued orders bringing back officers who were shunted out of the district ahead of the Ater by-polls.
All 213 sarpanchs in Harda district have submitted their resignation to protest alleged high-handedness of additional chief secretary of panchayat and rural development department, Radheshyam Julaniya. Also panchayat secretaries have threatened indefinite strike for their long standing demands. The 'Gram Uday to Bharat Uday' campaign starts on April 14.
Congress has won Ater bypoll. Party candidate Hemant Katare won by 857 votes in a nail-biting finish. BJP has won the other seat, Bandhavgarh. BJP's Shivnarayan Singh won by over 25,000 votes.
Wheat crops ready for harvest in 200 acres were reduced to cinders and a woman was burnt to death as massive fire devoured agriculture fields in five villages of Badi in Raisen district on Monday. The fire reportedly spread after two farmers decided to burn the husk remaining in their fields after harvest. The fire spread quickly and two women came in its grip. Another sustained serious injuries.
Seven persons including two pedestrians were killed in Sidhi when a bus overturned after hitting a truck on Monday morning. Sources said that the bus was speeding and the driver lost control. The impact was so great that passengers were thrown out of windows and some came under the bus. At least 35 were injured.
Narmada Yatra, which was launched as a movement to safeguard the river and send across the message to conserve water, has completed 111 days. It begam from Amarkantak on December 11, 2016. Over 19 lakh persons have so far participated in the Namami Devi Narmade Yatra.
The ambitious 'Deendayal Rasoi Yojana' that aims at providing free meals to poor has been launched in the State. Minister for Public Relations, Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Narottam Mishra inaugurated it in Datia on Friday. Full meal will be made available to people at Rs 5 in urban areas. The aim is that people who come from rural areas for labour will get nutritious food. Also, poor families in urban areas will be benefited.
Five persons of a family including two children were killed when a house in Sevda of Datia district got ripped apart in a blast on Wednesday morning. Five others were injured. The blast occurred in explosives stored for cracker making in the house of Rashid Khan. The blast was so powerful that the entire house was converted to debris. The dead include Rashid Khan, his wife Ruby, sister Razia, son and daughter Ashiq and Aashiqa.
V Kiran Gopal was tipped to be the new collector and Sushant Saxena the new superintendent of police (SP) of Bhind district in wake of the EVM-VVPAT scandal that hit ahead of the Ater by-polls in the district. The ECI had directed shunting of the existing collector Ilayaraja T and SP Anil Singh Kushwaha after the scandal.
CM Shivraj Chouhan goes to district court on Monday to record statement in connection with his defamation case against Congress leader KK Mishra who had accused CM, his kin of alleged involvement in Transport recruitment scam.
After Harda rural, the Harda city (urban) area has also been declared as open defecation free (ODF) by the union government. The status was announced in a letter sent out by the union ministry, district collector Srikanth Banoth has said.
Another tiger died, apparently after being hit by train in the dangerous Budhni-Midghat section of railways in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, close to capital Bhopal.