Offered Rs 50 lakh to not guard witness in Nitish Katara murder case: Cops

Three UP police constables,deputed for security of Ajay Katara — prime witness in the Nitish Katara murder case — on Saturday filed a complaint alleging that a colleague offered them Rs 50 lakh each for “not guarding” Ajay during an attack planned “at the behest of politician”.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ghaziabad | Published: January 5, 2014 3:46 am

Three UP police constables,deputed for security of Ajay Katara — prime witness in the Nitish Katara murder case — on Saturday filed a complaint alleging that a colleague offered them Rs 50 lakh each for “not guarding” Ajay during an attack planned “at the behest of politician”.

The three constables — Harun Ali,Vivek Pal Singh and Ravi Kumar — filed a complaint against constable Kishan Pal Yadav,who has also been deployed in Ajay’s protection,Superintendent of Police (Rural) Jagdish Sharma said.

In their complaint,the trio have alleged that constable Yadav had asked them to adopt a negligent approach in Ajay Katara’s protection as the politician allegedly wanted him dead. They said in the complaint that in return they were offered Rs 50 lakh each and promotions.

Katara’s security has been increased by the district police following the constables’ allegations,Sharma said. “After getting complaints from three constables,Superintendent of Police (Police Lines) has been asked to probe the allegations. If the accused constable is found guilty in the probe,strict action would be taken against him,” Sharma said.

Meanwhile,Kishan Pal Yadav is said to be on the run since the allegations surfaced.

Vikas Yadav is serving a life sentence along with cousin Vishal Yadav for killing Nitish Katara in February 2002.

Nitish (24),a business executive,was killed by Vikas and Vishal Yadav on February 16,2002.

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