UP minister attack case: Prime accused in police custody

The prime accused in the bomb attack on Uttar Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" here earlier this year, who was arrested from Mumbai last week, has been sent by a court to police custody for 10 days.

Allahabad: The prime accused in the bomb
attack on Uttar Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" here
earlier this year, who was arrested from Mumbai last week, has
been sent by a court to police custody for 10 days.

Passing the order yesterday, Special Judge Rajeev
Lochan Mehrotra said that the police remand of Rajesh Pilot
alias Annu Shandilya shall begin on October 12 and end on
October 22 at 5.00 pm.

The court also said that Pilot must not be subjected
to third degree during police remand and in order to ensure
compliance, the accused will have to undergo a medical check
up after being sent back to judicial custody.

Hailing from Harda district in Madhya Pradesh, Pilot
was arrested from Mumbai by a Special Task Force team of Uttar
Pradesh police on October 4.

He is suspected to have carried out the bomb attack on
Nandi outside his residence here on July 12 in which two
persons were killed while the minister himself was seriously
injured.

Police claim that Pilot was "hired" by Dilip Mishra, a
Samajwadi Party leader and president of Chaka block in the
district`s trans-Yamuna region who has been named in an FIR
lodged by a cousin of the minister subsequent to the bomb
attack.

Police also claim that during interrogations, Pilot
alleged the involvement of Vijay Mishra, Dilip Mishra`s
relative and absconding Samajwadi Party MLA, who represents
Bhadohi constituency in Sant Ravidas Nagar district of Uttar
Pradesh.

ADG (law and order) Brijlal said in Lucknow last week
that the MLA and his associates, besides being involved in the
bomb attack conspiracy, "had given shelter to Pilot after the
incident".

The SP MLA has been absconding ever since his name
cropped up in a firing incident at an election rally at Handia
near here during the Lok Sabha polls last year.

However, Dilip Mishra has been in jail in connection
with another murder case.

PTI

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