Key accused in attack on UP minister surrenders in court

A key accused in the bomb attack on Uttar Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi", today surrendered before a local court which sent him to 14 days` judicial custody.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 00:28 AM IST

Allahabad: A key accused in the bomb attack
on Uttar Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi", today
surrendered before a local court which sent him to 14 days`
judicial custody.

Manoj Pandey, who was wanted in connection with the bomb
explosion that took place outside Nandi`s house here on July
12 and carrying a reward of Rs one lakh on his head,
surrendered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul
Jameel, who remanded him to judicial custody till August 20.
Pandey is a brother-in-law of Samajwadi Party leader
Dileep Mishra, at whose behest he is believed to have hired a
professional criminal for engineering the explosion that
caused grievous injuries to the minister and claimed the lives
of two others.

Mishra, who is also the president of Chaka block in the
district`s trans-Yamuna region, is currently in jail in
connection with the murder of his own security guard.

He has been accused of having hatched the conspiracy
against the minister because of political and business
rivalries.

Four persons, including Manoj Pandey`s brother Jitendra,
have already been arrested in connection with the bomb
explosion.

However, prime accused Rajesh "Pilot", a sharp-shooter
hired by Manoj Pandey at the behest of Dilip Mishra for
carrying out the remote-controlled bomb attack, is yet to be
traced.

A reward of Rs 2.5 lakh has been announced on Pilot`s
head.

-PTI