The Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested a BJP chief and 4 others within the Ballia homicide case, officers mentioned on Sunday. Native BJP chief Dhirendra Pratap Singh allegedly shot lifeless Jai Prakash Pal Gama (46) on Thursday following a quarrel over the allotment of ration retailers at Durjanpur village in Ballia’s Reoti space.
The Uttar Pradesh authorities had suspended the SDM, circle officer and different policemen current on the spot.
In line with officers, Dhirendra Pratap Singh, who’s the primary accused, was arrested by the UP Particular Job Drive from Lucknow whereas Santosh Yadav, Amarjeet Yadav, Ajay Singh and Dharmendra Singh have been held from Ballia.
Thus far, police have arrested 10 folks in reference to the case, through which an FIR has been lodged in opposition to round 30 folks, most of that are but to be recognized.
Dhirendra Pratap Singh was held from Lucknow close to the Polytechnic space, Particular Job Drive (STF) IG Amitabh Yash mentioned.
The STF in a press release mentioned the BJP chief carried a money reward of Rs 50,000 and was held at 11.40 am whereas ready for his good friend close to the Polytechnic crossing.
An Aadhaar card and Rs 1,000 in money have been recovered from him, the STF mentioned.
He has been lodged at Kotwali police station in Ballia.
Throughout interrogation, Dhirendra Pratap Singh mentioned that on October 15, round 2,000 folks had gathered within the village and there was a fracas over the allotment of ration store.
Members of the opposite aspect (of Krishna Kumar Yadav) opened hearth through which his nephew, Golu Singh, and 5-6 girls of his household have been injured. Golu later succumbed to his accidents, he claimed.
In the meantime, Azamgarh Vary DIG Subhash Chandra Dubey assured that the opposite accused will probably be arrested quickly.
The primary accused will probably be interrogated to know which weapon he used to commit the crime and efforts will probably be made to get better it, the DIG mentioned.
He mentioned a 12 months in the past, a case was registered in opposition to Dhirendra Pratap Singh for misbehaving with a provide inspector.
“A cost sheet on this matter was filed in a neighborhood courtroom,” he mentioned.
The DIG mentioned SWAT (Particular Weapons and Techniques) groups from Azamgarh and Mau districts are engaged in arresting the remainder of the accused. Help from the Bihar Police can also be being taken, he mentioned.
“The properties of the accused will probably be seized beneath the Gangsters Act,” Dubey mentioned.
Dubey added that every one proof offered by BJP MLA Surendra Singh will probably be completely examined.
The BJP MLA has been accused of backing the accused by the Congress.
Lashing out on the BJP with out naming the MLA, Congress normal secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday requested the BJP to clarify to whom it was backing.
“With whom is the BJP authorities siding within the Ballia incident,” she mentioned in a Hindi tweet, including that the BJP MLA is overtly supporting the accused.
The MLA, who was referred to as to Lucknow by the occasion management mentioned that he met UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and the occasion’s UP unit’s normal secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal.
Bansal mentioned that he briefed each the leaders concerning the “one-sided motion” of the administration within the case. He added that each the leaders listened to him.
Singh mentioned he was assured case from the opposite aspect would even be registered quickly.
In the meantime, the brother of the deceased demanded stringent punishment for the responsible, safety for his household, Rs 50 lakh help and a authorities job.
Expressing apprehension, he mentioned, “However Dhirendra is a ‘dabang’ (strongman). We worry untoward incidents sooner or later as properly.”
Among the many others arrested within the case is Narendra Pratap Singh, the brother of the primary accused. He was held on Friday, together with one Devendra Pratap Singh.
On Saturday, Munna Yadav, Raj Pratap Yadav and Rajan Tiwari have been arrested from Ballia.
The Uttar Pradesh Police mentioned on Saturday that it might invoke the stringent Nationwide Safety Act (NSA) and Gangsters Act in opposition to the accused.
Below the NSA, one could be detained and not using a cost for as much as 12 months if authorities are happy that the individual is a menace to nationwide safety or legislation and order.
Below the UP Gangsters and Anti-Social Actions (Prevention) Act, a district Justice of the Peace can order attachment of property, whether or not movable or immovable, if there’s a cause to imagine that it has been acquired as a fee for an offence triable beneath this legislation.
(With PTI inputs)