UP minister attack: Accused in JC, claim threat to life

SP`s Dilip Mishra, lodged in Agra jail in a murder case, was today produced before a local court in connection with the bomb attack on an Uttar Pradesh minister last week and remanded to 14 days` judicial custody.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 21:41 PM IST

Allahabad: Samajwadi Party leader Dilip
Mishra, lodged in Agra jail in a murder case, was today
produced before a local court in connection with the bomb
attack on an Uttar Pradesh minister last week and remanded to
14 days` judicial custody.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul Jaleel remanded Mishra
and his associate Mahendra, a co-accused in the bomb attack
case who was brought here from Badaun, to judicial custody
till August 2 with the direction that both of them be lodged
at the Naini Central Jail near here during this period.

Both the accused had moved applications before the
court claiming that they faced threat to their lives from the
ruling BSP, following which the CJM also directed the district
police to ensure their security.

Mishra has been named as the main accused in an FIR
registered in connection with the bomb explosion outiside the
residence of Minister for Institutional Finance and Judicial
and Stamp Fees Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" on July 12.

One person was killed in the blast, while the
minister, his gunner and a journalist were seriously injured.
Mishra, who is also the president of Chaka block of the
district`s trans-Yamuna region, has had a long-standing
acrimony with "Nandi.

While Mishra has been lodged in Agra jail for quite
some time for murder of his own security personnel, two of his
aides actively involved in executing the blast were arrested
here last week.

The arrested duo had during interrogation also alleged
that the blast was carried out at the behest of Mishra and
Mahendra and that a notorious sharp-shooter Rajesh "Pilot" had
been hired for making the remote-controlled explosive device.
"Pilot" is yet to be traced by police.

-PTI