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Ishwar Tyagi murder case: Family says police shielding two suspects

The family said two friends of the victim’s son, who is alleged to have killed him, had helped him procure weapons

noida Updated: Jun 11, 2017 00:00 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad,Ishwar Tyagi,Sanjeev Tyagi
IPS officer Sanjeev Tyagi’s father, Ishwar Tyagi, was murdered at his home on May 11, allegedly by one of his sons, who suffers from schizophrenia and is now absconding.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

Almost a month after Ishwar Tyagi (65), the father of UP cadre IPS Sanjeev Tyagi, was allegedly shot dead by his son inside his house at Raj Nagar on May 11, the victim’s family has alleged lax investigation by police in the case. They have also alleged that the police are trying to shield two suspects who they say provided a pistol and 20 cartridges to their brother.

They also alleged the police are resorting to ways such as approaching an astrologer to find their brother’s location through his horoscope.

The victim, Ishwar Tyagi, was found shot in the head and his family named his son, Anuj Tyagi alias Dabbu, for the murder. Dabbu, the fourth of five brothers, went absconding with Rs5 lakh in cash and his Fortuner after the incident. He suffers from schizophrenia and is yet to be arrested.

“My brother Dabbu was provided the weapon and cartridges by his two friends, Rahul and Johnny, who are brothers. Around 20 cartridges were provided to him a day before the murder. The police have failed to arrest or rigorously question the two men, who are politically connected. They have bowed down to pressure and failed to track my brother who is on the run,” said Praveen Tyagi, Dabbu’s elder brother, who runs IIT Pace Academy in Mumbai.

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He added that Dabbu was sleeping in his father’s room the night before the incident. Later, he allegedly shot his father dead before escaping in his Toyota Fortuner.

“He is a schizophrenia patient, but not a criminal. Still, the police have failed to track him. He is not using his mobile phone or anything that could lead to his arrest. There were rumors that he surrendered at Chanakyapuri police station in Delhi a couple of days ago. On Friday, there were reports that he was arrested by the Ghaziabad crime branch. However, the police have failed to arrest him so far. We suspect that he is being shielded by some people and the entire incident was planned,” Praveen added.

He said that the family had been supporting Dabbu financially for the past several years.

“Apart from the Fortuner our father gave him, I also gifted him a Mercedes. My father was also going to open a Rs50-crore rice mill in his name in our village. On the morning of the incident, Dabbu escaped from our house around 4.30am. Around 5.30am, when my mother returned from the temple, she found my father’s body on the blood-soaked bed,” he added.

He also said that a Ghaziabad police officer had asked him for Dabbu’s date of birth.

“When I asked why, he said he wanted to visit a ‘pandit’ who would tell him Dabbu’s location by looking at his horoscope. This is absurd,” he said.

“I spoke to Rahul and Johnny who said that they arranged for a pistol to be given to Dabbu. The police have failed to rigorously question them as a number of calls from politicians landed in their support,” Parveen alleged. He refused to reveal when and where he spoke to the two.

However, senior superintendent of police, HN Singh, defended the investigation process and said they have two suspects on their radar.

“They are being questioned in connection with the incident. Our teams, including the crime branch, are trying hard to trace Dabbu. We are hopeful that he will be nabbed in a day or two. If we find him, he will be questioned. Any persons involved in the conspiracy or who helped him carry out the crime will also be arrested as per law,”
Singh said.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 23:25 IST