Three police personnel were shot dead by blackbuck poachers in a forest in the Guna district early this morning, police said
Rajeev Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Guna said that the poachers, who were armed with guns, opened fire at the police team from their motorbike after the officials confronted them.
Mr Mishra said that the police retaliated, but the poachers managed to escape taking advantage of the dense foliage.
“Sub-Inspector Rajkumar Jataw, head constable Sant Kumar Mina and constable Neeraj Bhargav were killed in the attack,” he said, adding that the driver of the police vehicle was also injured and he has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
The officials were sent to the forest under Aron police station in Guna district after police received a specific tip-off about some poachers camping in the area to hunt blackbucks.
Body parts of several blackbucks were recovered from the forest area.
State home minister Narottam Mishra condoled the death of the three police personnel and said that -instructions have been given to take strict action against the criminals.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has called a high-level meeting at his residence to discuss the incident.
Narottam Mishra, Director General of Police Sudhir Saxena, and other senior officials of police and the Guna administration will attend the meeting.