Forest guard shot dead in Madhya Pradesh

Shivpuri: A forest guard was allegedly shot dead by the mining mafia near Mazhar stone mines, police said on Friday.

The body of the guard, identified as Vishal Prabhakar (25), was found near the stone mines with a bullet injury on his head, they said.

Prabhkar had gone for duty on March 20 at Patkheda Karai beat under which Mazhar mine is located.

Vishal's brother Dharmendra told reporters that he went for his duty following a directive over phone from the Deputy Forest Officer. Since then he did not return to the house and today his body with a bullet injury on his head was found near the stone mines.

Dharmendra alleged that large scale illegal mining of stones takes place here in connivance with senior forest officials and that his brother refused to become a party to their deeds and that was the reason he was murdered by the mafia.

Two days back, an illegal miner had tried to hit the Sub Divisional Officer of Forest, BP Upadhyaya when he tried to stop the tractor-trolley carrying stones.

At that time, Deputy Forest Ranger Dharmendra Sharma had opened fire at the tractor driver to save themselves.

Early this month, a young IPS officer was allegedly killed by a member of the mining mafia at Morena that had created an uproar.