At least 16 people have injured in protest by Rajput community demanding CBI inquiry into the encounter of gangster Anand Pal Singh who was killed by the police on July 24.

Reportedly, thousands of angry protesters gathered in the Sanwarda village on Wednesday along with the family member of the slain gangster Anand Pal Singh alleging foul play by the police in the encounter.

The family claims that Anand Pal Singh was killed in the encounter despite that he wanted to surrender. They allege that the ‘murder’ was politically motivated.

Earlier on Wednesday, the protesters resorted to violence as they attacked the police and also torched a police vehicle.

“Three policemen were injured as the angry villagers attacked. They have been rushed to a hospital in Jaipur,” said senior police officer.

Taking cognizance of the situation, the authorities have imposed section 144 in four districts and suspended internet services till the situation comes to normalcy.

The police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the angry crowd.

Anand Pal Singh’s body has been in the morgue for last seven days as the family has refused to accept it until the matter is investigated by the officials.

Touted as the most-wanted gangster of Rajasthan, Anandpal carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. Known to have amassed wealth after allegedly getting involved in illegal liquor trade, his name had cropped up in murder cases of Gopal Fogawat and Jeevanram Godara in 2006.

Meanwhile, the police have maintained that the gangster was shot dead after he opened fire at the police when he was asked to surrender.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been briefed about the situation.