Allahabad: Police has announced a reward of
Rs 15,000 on the head of absconding Samajwadi Party MLA Vijay
Mishra, who has been accused of being involved in the bomb
attack on an Uttar Pradesh minister earlier this year.
The reward has been announced by the Inspector General
of Police, Allahabad Range, Subesh Kumar Singh, following
allegations of Mishra`s involvement in the bomb explosion
outside the house of minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" here on
July 12, a police spokesman said today.
The announcement of reward comes close on the heels of
the arrest of Rajesh Pilot, the prime accused in the bomb
attack case, who was caught by a team of UP police in Mumbai
and brought here last week.
Pilot has alleged that he had carried out the explosion
at the behest of the SP MLA who had also provided him with
shelter after the blast.
Signficantly, Mishra is also a close relative of Dilip
Mishra, who had been named in the FIR lodged by Nandi`s
relatives following the bomb explosion.
Police suspect "political and business rivalry" to be
behind the bomb attack which had killed two persons and
seriously injured the minister.
While Dilip Mishra is in jail in connection with another
criminal case, Vijay Mishra has been absconding ever since his
name was involved in a firing incident at an election rally
during the Lok Sabha polls last year.
Nandi was the Minister for Institutional Finance and
Stamp and Judicial Fees in the Mayawati cabinet.
After getting injured in the attack, he has been
recuperating at Lucknow and though his portfolios have been
handed over to another senior member of the state cabinet,
Nandi himself continues to enjoy the status of a minister