POLICEMEN LOOKED the other way as a group of contractors, who were led by the brother of a Samajwadi Party MLA from Sultanpur, reportedly abducted the nephew of a rival contractor from the Northern Railway’s Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office in Hazratganj on Wednesday noon.
A row over procuring a contract of annual maintenance of various zones in Sultanpur was the reason behind the incident. This is not the first case involving the MLA and his brother. They were earlier named in a case of sensational shootout claiming lives of over a half-a-dozen persons in Allahabad a few months back.
It was around 2.45 pm when four Safari vehicles screeched to a halt at the DRM’s office.
About half-a-dozen armed youths stepped out and pounced upon a youth walking towards the main gate of the building. Before the youth could gauge the situation, the armed men dumped him into one of the vehicles. A constable tried to rescue the youth, but he was pushed away.
A sub-inspector, other policemen and RPF personnel remained mute spectators as the group of outlaws left on Safari vehicles brandishing guns. In their hurry to leave the spot, the criminals left behind one of the vehicles.
The constable rushed to the Hazratganj police station and returned with more cops. The cops instead of collecting information, took away the Safari and five youths, who had gathered there as onlookers.
It was later revealed that two rival groups, which are led by a SP MLA and a BSP MP from Sultanpur, were vying for railway contract worth Rs 50 lakh. Since both the groups had submitted the tender, they were trying their best to procure the same.
While the rival group was yet to arrive at the DRM office, the SP MLA’s brother, who is also a block pramukh, appeared on the scene. Finding the rival contractor’s nephew alone there, they took him away to strike a deal with the contractor.
Meanwhile, the police feigned ignorance about any such contract or abduction.
They claimed that it was merely a petty brawl between two groups of contractors. No case was registered in this connection till late night.