SP claims threat to life of its MLA accused in Nandi case

A day after Mayawati govt announced a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh on arrest of SP MLA Vijay Mishra, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Tuesday claimed threat to the legislator`s life from two UP ministers.

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 15:51 PM IST

Lucknow: A day after Mayawati government
announced a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh on arrest of SP MLA Vijay Mishra, the main accused in the attack on state minister Nand Gupta Nandi, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Tuesday claimed
threat to the legislator`s life from two UP ministers.

Yadav told reporters here that he feared that Mishra
might have been killed as they have not been able to contact
him.

"Two ministers in Mayawati government want to
kill Mishra. We fear that he has either been killed or will be
killed by them," the Samajwadi Party supremo alleged.

"The MLA is not in contact with us. We can also not
contact him.... he is absconding to save his life since
Mayawati came to power in the state," he added.

He claimed that Mishra against whom a reward of Rs 2.5
lakh was declared by the state government for his alleged
involvement in attack of Minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi in
Allahabad on July 12, was not allowed to enter the state since
Mayawati came to power due to personal enemity with the two
ministers.

"A reward of Rs 2.5 lakh is not declared even on
notorious dacoits. The way in which legislator is being
harassed by the government is against democracy," Yadav said.

He said on July 9, party leader Ram Gopal Yadav had
written a letter to Chief Minister Mayawati claiming that two
ministers--Rangnath Mishra and Rakeshdhar Tripathi wanted to
get Mishra eliminated and were conspiring against him.

On July 24, leader of opposition Shivpal Singh Yadav
and party state president Akhilesh Yadav had written separate
letters to the Speaker and Governor apprising them about the apprehension of the MLA but nothing was done.
Alleging that the DGP "disliked" Mishra, Yadav claimed
that the MLA was falsely implicated in dozens of cases.
He also claimed that Nandi personally did not want to
name Mishra in the case.
Nandi was injured in the bomb attack outside his
residence which left two persons dead at Allahabad`s
Mutthiganj area.

PTI