Murder of former MLA’s son in Lucknow: Cops’ role suspected in culprits’ escape
Unholy nexus? Accused said to have flourished under police patronage.lucknow Updated: Dec 18, 2017 14:54 IST
Vikram Singh, the main accused in the murder of Vaibhav Tewari, son of former MLA Prem Prakash Tewari, is believed to have received patronage from local cops as he grew his nexus and got involved in extortion activities in Hazratganj and its vicinity. The role of some police officials is suspected in allowing Singh an easy escape after he opened fire on Vaibhav outside his residence, Kasmanda Apartments, in Hazratganj.
28-year-old Vaibhav, also a village pradhan, was allegedly shot dead by two SUV-borne miscreants -- Vikram Singh and Suraj Shukla -- barely 300 metres from the Vidhan Bhawan and the state BJP office, on Saturday night. The victim’s father, now with BJP, has served as SP MLA from the Domariyaganj constituency of Siddharthnagar district.
Initial probe revealed that Vaibhav and accused Shukla had been involved in the property business and had a monetary dispute. Reportedly, to resolve the dispute, Shukla had taken the help of Singh, who is listed as a history sheeter at the Hazratganj police station and is believed to have enjoyed a good clout among cops.
Allegedly, the duo approached Vaibhav for a conversation, but during an argument, Singh opened fire on him, killing him on the spot.
- SSP Lucknow Deepak Kumar on Sunday declared monetary reward for anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest of Vikram Singh and Suraj Shukla. The reward money is Rs 20,000 for each of the accused.
- The city police also seized Rs 30 lakh from Suraj Shukla’s house.
Sources said Singh, who lives in Narhi just 500m from the Kasmanda Apartments, has 27 criminal cases registered against him, and has been a nuisance for most of the traders of the Hazratganj area from whom he extorted money.
Being the son of a retired woman police sub-inspector Savitri Singh, he is said to have had immense clout in the area.It is believed, he developed a network among police personnel using his mother’s contacts and got involved in extortion activities on the behest of some local cops of the Hazratganj police station. It is said that a few police officers were in regular touch with him and often helped him in resolving his conflicts.
Sources said the suspected policemen used Singh in collecting ‘monthly charges’ from traders for running their business in the area without any interruption. “Senior police officials have sought Singh’s call detail records to know more about the cops who were in frequent touch with him. Action is likely against the guilty policemen,” said the source.
RAIDS ON TO ARREST THE ACCUSED
Four police teams are continuously carrying out raids in search of Vikram Singh and Suraj Shukla, who are suspected to be hiding in Rae Bareli and Allahabad respectively. Their latest mobile phone locations suggest that after committing the crime Singh moved to Rae Bareli and Shukla to Allahabad. Police teams have been sent to these locations, but so far, there has been no breakthrough in the case. Meanwhile, police have detained Singh and Shukla’s family members, to question them about their possible whereabouts.
Taking a serious note of the high profile crime, principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar has issued stern orders to Lucknow police officials to arrest the two accused within 24 hours. Top authorities have taken the matter seriously, apprehending that the murder of a former MLA’s son could be brought up during the assembly session on Monday. The crime happened barely a few metres from the high security zone around Vidhan Bhawan.
SHUKLA CONFESSED CRIME TO FATHER
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Lucknow, Deepak Kumar said that Suraj Shukla confessed his involvement in Vaibhav Tewari’s murder to his father Santosh Shukla during a telephonic conversation.
The SSP said Shukla’s father told cops during questioning that his son informed him that he had taken along Vikram Singh to resolve an issue with Vaibhav. They had a confrontation and Singh shot Vaibhav dead in a fit of rage.
He said Shukla’s father had provided a recorded telephonic conversation between him and his son regarding the incident. “Shukla’s mobile phone is switched off and unreachable. Multiple police teams are have been deployed to arrest the duo,” said the SSP.