Slain poetess Madhumita Shukla’s sister Nidhi on Friday claimed that jailed former state minister Amarmani Tripathi had conspired to kill his daughter-in-law Sara, as he thinks he has the alibi of being in judicial custody but at the same time is free to speak to anyone.
Nidhi — the elder sister of Madhumita who was shot dead at her Lucknow residence in 2003 at the behest of then minister Amarmani and his wife Madhumani — is penning the story of the sensational murder and her struggle for justice.
Nidhi’s statement comes on a day when the UP government recommended a CBI probe into the death of Sara, who had died in an alleged car accident in Firozabad on July 9. The car in which Sara was travelling had allegedly overturned into a pit. Her husband Amanmani, who was driving the car, had miraculously escaped unhurt.
Speaking to reporters, Nidhi said the incident appeared to be a case of murder and she will provide any help if she is approached by Sara’s family members.
She added that Amarmani and Madhumani — both convicted for Madhumita’s murder — are faking illness and have “wrongly” been admitted to B R D Medical College in Gorakhpur when they should be in jail.
Claiming that she is being threatened on behalf of Amarmani and Prakash Chandra Pandey — another accused in the Madhumita murder case, who is currently out on bail — Nidhi said: “I have given all the numbers that were used to call me to the Kheri SP, but no action has been taken till now.”
“I have a large number of documents on Amarmani and his wife’s stay in Gorakhpur. I will give all the documents to the CBI if it probes Sara’s death,” she added.
Nidhi said that while there is threat to her life, her security cover has been reduced by the government. “In place of four policemen, only two are currently deployed. The gunner, who carried a carbine, has now been made a shadow with a civil dress and a revolver,” she claimed.
Nidhi further said that she had moved the Uttarakhand High Court last year, following which, the court had directed the state Prisons department to reply to her application related to Amarmani’s stay in Gorakhpur. “In response, Uttarakhand IG (Prisons) Vinod Sharma said that the trial of Madhumita murder case was transferred to Uttarakhand, and after the completion of trial, neither it appears just nor necessary to keep these inmates in Uttarakhand,” she added.
Nidhi said she will again approach the high court as Sara’s death shows how Amarmani is operating from jail. “Despite several applications by me, UP government had not transferred Amarmani to Uttarakhand. Now, with Amarmani being accused of conspiring to murder Sara, the government must transfer him to Uttarakhand,” she added.