Gajendra Bhati murder in Ghaziabad: Non-bailable warrant issued against former MLA Amarpal Sharma
Bhati was gunned down by two armed assailants in Khoda on September 2. Another BJP local functionary, Balbir Chauhan, was injured in the incident.noida Updated: Sep 16, 2017 22:12 IST
The Ghaziabad police on Saturday said they have procured non-bailable warrants against former MLA Amarpal Sharma, who they claim is involved in the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gajendra Bhati.
Bhati was gunned down by two armed assailants in Khoda on September 2. Another BJP local functionary, Balbir Chauhan, was injured in the incident. The police on September 11 had arrested Narendra Gurjar, alias Fauji, as a suspect in the case.
“We have obtained a non-bailable warrant against former MLA Amarpal Sharma who is on the run and was not found in his house or offices. Fauji had clearly indicated that he (Sharma) has a role in the killing and had arranged a meeting earlier to get rid of Bhati, due to political rivalry,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).
Sharma was an MLA of the Bahujan Samaj Party from the Sahibabad assembly segment but was trounced in the recent assembly election. He was expelled by the BSP leadership ahead of the UP assembly elections and had joined the Congress.
“His party leaders are also not supporting him since his name cropped up in the case. Our teams are conducting searches to make an arrest,” Tomar said.
Following his arrest on September 11, Fauji claimed before the media, “Amarpal Sharma offered me Rs10 lakh to get rid of his election rival. The second person with me was Raju Pehalwan. Sharma told me to get rid of Bhati as he may pose problems in upcoming elections. The police arrested me while I was going to collect money, near Bhopra. TT murder (pertaining to former councillor Pradeep Chaudhary) case was also at the behest of former MLA.”
According to the police, Sharma was trying to contest the upcoming local body elections from Khoda but could not be contacted as his mobile phone remained switched off.
“Bhati was never my rival and I am not involved in the incident at all. It is claimed that I got rid of Bhati because he was about to contest for the chairman elections from Khoda, but it is not yet decided whether the seat would be under general or OBC category. Why will I kill anyone? The police has never contacted me or confronted me with the accused (Fauji) they arrested,” Sharma had told Hindustan Times after Fauji’s arrest.
First Published: Sep 16, 2017 22:12 IST