A rape,a murder and two ‘missing’ BSP MLAs cops can’t find

At a time when the BSP has suspended several of its MLAs for ‘criminal activities and corruption’,the UP Police can’t find two ruling party legislators against whom non-bailable warrants are pending in rape and murder cases.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published:October 10, 2011 3:38 am

At a time when the BSP has suspended several of its MLAs for ‘criminal activities and corruption’,the UP Police can’t find two ruling party legislators against whom non-bailable warrants are pending in rape and murder cases.

While Haji Alim,MLA from Bulandshahar,is wanted in a rape case,Brijesh Saurabh,MLA from Pratapgarh’s Gadwara constituency,is wanted in a case of murder.

A non-bailable warrant against Brijesh Saurabh is pending since August and against Haji Alim for more than a year. In both cases,the police have told courts that they cannot find the MLAs.

Haji Alim and his brother Haji Yunis,both ‘history-sheeters’,owned a circus. On June 5,2003,a Delhi-based NGO,Pravasi Nepali Mitra Manch,lodged an FIR with the Kotwali police station in Muzaffarnagar,alleging that boys and girls from Nepal were being forcibly kept at the circus. A case of wrongful confinement,criminal intimidation and causing hurt was lodged.

After the complaint,the police raided the circus and rescued 32 boys and girls. The state government transferred the investigation to CB-CID,which filed a closure report and gave the brothers a clean chit on December 30,2004. But a court summoned the accused on an application filed by some of the victims. Four girls alleged molestation by Yunus and Alim and the circus staff,and one girl alleged rape.

Since then,the case has been dragging on. More than a year ago,the Muzaffarnagar court issued warrants against the Haji brothers after they ignored the summons.

According to prosecuting officer Yoginder Singh,last month the court warned that action would be taken against the SP if the warrants were not executed.

Singh said the court had sent a communication to the DGP,Prinicipal Secretary (Home) and the Vidhan Sabha Speaker,informing that the MLA and his brother were wanted.

Last week,the Bulandshahar police informed the court that the MLA and his brother could not be found when the police went to their residence with the arrest warrants. According to Bulandshahar Additional SP G N Tripathi,the local police had reported that MLA was in Lucknow.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the police’s inability in executing the warrant,the court directed them to produce the brothers before it on November 30.

Brijesh Saurbah,the other MLA,is an accused in the murder of an advocate,Raghuvendra Singh,who was shot dead in Antoo area of Pratapgarh on June 24,2005. In his complaint,the victim’s brother Surendra Pratap Singh said Brijesh Saurabh had committed the crime because of enmity.

After investigation,the Pratapgarh police filed a chargesheet against four accused,including Brijesh Saurabh,his elder brother Mahesh Mishra,cousin Hari Shankar Mishra and driver Gopi.

Brijesh Saurabh then moved a higher court,alleging the probe was not fair,and demanded investigation by another agency. The court directed the Crime Branch-CID to conduct the investigation and submit a report. In 2008,the agency submitted the final report.

However,before the court could take a decision,the state government moved an application in the local court of Pratapgarh,requesting for withdrawal of the case against the MLA.

Surendra then approached the Supreme Court,seeking transfer of the trial outside Uttar Pradesh.

The case was then shifted to Bhopal. In August,a Bhopal court issued a warrant against Brijesh Saurabh after he did not appear before it despite summons. However,the Pratapgarh police,which got the warrant for execution,reported that they could not find the MLA.

“We told the court that despite raids at the MLA’s residence and his hideouts,he could not be traced,” said Station Officer of Antoo police station,AK Tiwari.

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