Absconding SP MLA arrested in UP minister attack case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 21:05
Lucknow: Absconding SP MLA Vijay Mishra, who was allegedly involved in last year's attack on UP cabinet minister Nand Gopal Nandi, was on Tuesday arrested by Special Task Force in Delhi, a senior officer said here.

Uttar Pradesh government had announced an award of Rs 2.5 lakh on the arrest of Mishra, who has 62 cases, including 15 of murder and seven of attempt to murder, registered against him in Bhadohi, Allahabad and Mirzapur.

Mishra was arrested near Anand Lok in Hauz Khas area in the national capital, Special Director General (law and order) Brij Lal told reporters here.

Nandi was injured in an explosion in a two-wheeler on July 12 when he along with some other persons was going to a temple near his Bahadurganj residence in Allahabad.

"While Rakesh Malviya was killed on the spot, Indian Express journalist Vijay Pratap Singh died during treatment a few days later," Brij Lal said.

He said that while an accused in the case Purshottam Dubey was arrested in Allahabad in August, three others Anand Shandilya alias Rajesh Pilot, Prem Sagar Pandey and Yagya Narain Mishra were arrested from Mumbai.

"During interrogation, Pilot confirmed the involvement of Mishra and his relative and former block head Dilip Mishra," Lal said.

He said investigations revealed that the MLA had been moving in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

"When we enquired about his property, it was revealed that he has properties in Anand Lok, Defence Colony and Jasola and and Mishra used to frequent these places," Lal said.

"It was also revealed that Mishra was moving in disguise of a sadhu with a long beard and cannot be identified easily," he added.

Lal said that on the basis of investigation, the STF team today finally arrested Mishra.

"He will be brought to Lucknow on transit remand and interrogated. Mishra has 15 murder and seven attempt to murder cases against him," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 21:05

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