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One held for attack on Mehar Bhargava

THE LUCKNOW police woke up from its slumber only after the near-fatal attack on UP Congress Committee (UPCC) member Luv Bhargava?s wife Mehar on Tuesday night and arrested a friend of the main accused in the attack. Mehar was shot in the neck by two youths when she had objected to the lewd remarks passed at her daughter-in-law at Dilip Tower building. The arrested youth was not present in the building when the incident took place.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 02:14 IST

THE LUCKNOW police woke up from its slumber only after the near-fatal attack on UP Congress Committee (UPCC) member Luv Bhargava’s wife Mehar on Tuesday night and arrested a friend of the main accused in the attack. Mehar was shot in the neck by two youths when she had objected to the lewd remarks passed at her daughter-in-law at Dilip Tower building. The arrested youth was not present in the building when the incident took place.

The assailants were close aides of gangster KD Singh who lived in Dilip Tower building. Despite innumerable complaints from the local residents regarding movement of criminal elements in and around the building, the police never took any cognizance in the past. Reason: KD Singh was close to a don-turned MLA supporting the government.

Meanwhile, Mehar Bhargava was shifted to a Delhi hospital from SGPGI after her condition deteriorated on Wednesday.

While SSP Ashutosh Pandey in attempt to pacify the irate Congressmen on the one hand transferred CO Hazratganj, on the other hand issued directives to all police stations in the city to prepare a list of the occupants living in apartments in their respective areas.

In the course of investigation, the cops had picked up four youths from the flat of KD Singh who was elected block pramukh recently. Singh, who had executed a kidnapping orchestrated by jailed kingpin Babloo Srivastava in Madhya Pradesh and was also jailed in the case later, was away when the incident took place.

The foursome had revealed that Amit Singh had opened fire at Mehar while Sachin Pahari, who is wanted in Uttaranchal, was with him.

The police later nabbed Jai Prakash alias JP of Cantonment, Varanasi stating that he was also involved in the shootout.

Former SSP Navniet Sekera had taken cognizance of Singh’s dubious activities and was about to initiate action, when gangster shifted his base in Lucknow jail getting bail in one of his cases cancelled. However, soon after Sekera’s transfer, KD Singh returned to his Hazratganj flat after procuring bail. Singh was known to grab lucrative contracts in railways and other government departments using his clout.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 02:14 IST