Six people, including former Rajya Sabha MP DP Yadav, have been accused of trying to poison Ajay Katara, a prime witness in the 2002 murder of Delhi youth Nitish Katara, police said on Thursday.
DP Yadav is the father of Vikas Yadav, a key accused in the case.
"We have registered a case on the complaint of Ajay Katara, who has alleged that six people - DP Yadav, Yatender Nagar, Nand Kishor Gujjar, Salim Khan, Manoj Sharma and Anuj Sharma - tried to give him poison July 12," Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Ratan told IANS.
"Ajay Katara alleged that DP Yadav had sent five people to kill him by poisoning. Though no arrest has been made yet, appropriate action will be taken if anyone is found guilty," Ratan said.
Ratan said the case was registered at the Sahibabad police station in Uttar Pradesh late on Wednesday. Incidentally, Ajay Katara is not related to the 2002 murder victim Nitish Katara.
On July 12, Ajay, 35, was admitted to the Shyam Lal Panna Lal Hospital in Ambedkar Nagar area following stomach pain.
According to Ajay, two unknown people had approached him that day and claimed that his estranged wife had sent them to fix a meeting between the couple in a place nearby.
"I followed them and then we halted near a food joint where we had cold drinks and snacks. We waited there for her for some time but returned to our place, after she (his wife) failed to turn up," Ajay told the police.
According to the police, the couple had been living separately for two years after Ajay's wife accused him of making dowry demands.
Ratan said after returning home, Ajay developed severe pain in his stomach and later called up his friends who rushed him to hospital.
"According to the report by doctors, Ajay was not poisoned as they didn't find any poisonous substance on him. He might have fallen ill due to food poisoning," Ratan said. However, Ajay alleged that it was an attempt by those who had murdered Nitish Katara to kill him.
Ajay Katara is said to be the last person to have seen Nitish Katara, the son of an IAS officer, who was murdered on the night of Feb 16-17, 2002 in Ghaziabad. Vikas Yadav and cousin Vishal Yadav allegedly killed Nitish Katara for his proximity to their sister Bharti Yadav.
Last month Ajay Katara had alleged that he was under pressure to turn hostile.