An SP MLA and his relatives were behind the attack on Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" in Allahabad nearly three months ago, the main accused in the case told his interrogators on Wednesday.
Anand Shandilya alias Rajesh Pilot, arrested in Mumbai yesterday and brought to Lucknow on transit remand, said Vijay Mishra, the MLA from Bhadoi, not only conspired but also gave shelter to him.
"Pilot during interrogation told police that the MLA and his relatives were involved in the conspiracy to attack the Minister," state Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal said.
He told reporters here that Pilot, a close associate of the SP MLA, was the main executioner of the plot. "Chakka block head Dilip Mishra, who had political rivalry with Nandi, was the key plotter," the ADGP said.
"During investigations it was revealed that the MLA, his relatives and associates not only hatched a conspiracy but also gave shelter to Pilot after the incident," he said. "Dilip Mishra was a relative of the MLA who had 58 criminal cases including those of murder and abduction registered against him," the ADGP said.
"Dilip too has a long criminal history with 30 cases against him. In fact, Dilip and the MLA are co-accused in a murder case," the ADGP said. Pilot, who carried a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh, was nabbed outside domestic airport's arrival gate in Mumbai yesterday.
He allegedly triggered a bomb blast near the house of Nandi in Allahabad on July 12 in which the Cabinet Minister was wounded and two, including a journalist, were killed. Pilot was absconding after the July attack and the Uttar Pradesh government had announced a reward for his arrest.