Close on the heels of the life term to BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari in a PWD engineer murder case, another BSP MLA, Anand Sen, and two others got life imprisonment on Tuesday for the murder of a law student, Shashi (22), in 2007.
Apart from giving them a life term, Faizabad SC/ST court judge Matambar Singh also imposed a fine of R10,000 each on Anand Sen, the MLA from Milkipur, his driver Vijay Sen and Seema Azad, a friend of the MLA.The court held Anand Sen, who was the food minister when Shashi — who went by one name — went missing, as the prime culprit, and found Vijay Sen and Seema Azad guilty of conspiracy.
Shashi, who was from a dalit community, was a student of Saket Degree College. She was abducted on October 22, 2007. A police source said she was believed to have known the MLA and later had sharp differences with him.
Though Shashi’s body was never found, her murder was confirmed during Vijay Sen’s interrogation.
Chief minister Mayawati had sacked Anand Sen from the ministry in November 2007 after Vijay Sen named him in Shashi’s murder.
Initially, the police had allegedly tried to hush up the incident, but Shashi’s father Yogendra Prasad, a BSP worker, had forced the Faizabad police to register an FIR against Vijay Sen and Seema Azad.
Police arrested Vijay Sen in October 2007 and later conducted a narco test on him in Bangalore in January 2008. Anand Sen was declared an accused in the case after Vijay Sen’s narco analysis.
Absconding Anand Sen surrendered before the police in Lucknow in June 2008. The same month, Seema Azad was arrested from Kanpur.
Shashi’s father hailed the court verdict. The ruling BSP welcomed the order and said the stringent punishment was possible due to government's effective handling of the case in court.