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MALAYSIA-BASED don Prakash Pandey alias PP alias Bunty Pandey?s UP- based treasurer Satish Pandey has been a close associate of a veteran don-turned minister in State cabinet.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 00:21 IST

MALAYSIA-BASED don Prakash Pandey alias PP alias Bunty Pandey’s UP- based treasurer Satish Pandey has been a close associate of a veteran don-turned minister in State cabinet.

The cops, however, could not muster courage to visit the minister’s places in Lucknow and an Eastern UP district where Satish was moving freely with the don-turned minister. With PP’s help, the minister is running his Uttaranchal business. The startling revelation came to light following arrest of Satish’s brother Anil Pandey from his Rajajipuram Colony residence by the Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday. The Nainital police from Uttaranchal had arrived here after they received information from UP STF three days back.

Following a sustained surveillance of phones and other details STF sleuths had collected details establishing role of don PP and his aides Satish and Rajesh Singh in the murder of Haldwani’s leading hotelier and jeweller Pankaj Khandelwal. The murder was executed on January 23 in Haldwani Kotwali area with a .315 bore country-made pistol by two youths.

Rajesh, a native of Azamgarh, was also wanted in a businessman’s murder in Surat. A police team led by SSP (Nainital) Alok Sharma reached here and shared information with the STF team regarding the Khandelwal murder. The STF sleuths were recording telephonic conversation of Rajesh Singh and Satish with their boss PP since September 2005. The Malaysia-based don had started issuing directives to his aides regarding issuing life threats to Khandelwal after the latter had turned down the hefty extortion demand made by the gang.

The recorded conversation further revealed that the fugitive don had planned to get the businessman eliminated in December. He was regularly talking to Satish and Rajesh in this connection. While Rajesh was given task to bump off Khandelwal along with another shooter of Kichha, Nainital Satish was given an assignment to provide all monetary help to the gang engaged in the shootout.

A Mumbai-based lieutenant of PP was instructed to arrange the money. Satish Pandey gave his brother Anil Pandey’s account number in a Lucknow bank for the money to be transferred from Mumbai. This link had sent Rs 3 lakh in Anil’s account in the installment of Rs 25,000 since October 2005 till January 20.

Satish used to operate the account and sent the money further to the gang members in Uttaranchal.

STF sources revealed that Satish was attached with the high-profile minister in State cabinet following instruction of his boss PP. Significantly, minister’s son was carrying out a big construction contract in Uttaranchal with the help of PP and his gang.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 00:21 IST