The second phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state will see a number of history-sheeters flexing muscles. Some of them have been even booked under Goonda Act,TADA and the National Security Act. Of the eight whose fate will be sealed in the second phase of the polls,four are from the ruling BSP,three from the SP and one from Apna Dal.
RK Patel,Banda (SP)
A two-time BSP MLA,Patel was said to be a close associate of slain dacoit Daddua. In 1998,Patel was booked for helping Daddua and was later found guilty in the case. The MLA faces around a dozen cases. Except in two cases including one of giving shelter to Daddua,I have been acquitted in all of them, said Patel,who recently joined the SP.
Mitrasen Yadav,Faizabad (SP)
Mitrasen won in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls on a BSP ticket,but this time he is in the fray on an SP ticket. A five-time MLA from Milkipur,Mitrasen was convicted in a murder case and given a life term,but was later granted pardon by the governor. He is still facing eight criminal cases. He was also booked in murder of police station in-charge in 1985. The state government has withdrawn the policeman murder case, said Mitrasens lawyer Avadesh Yadav.
Atiq Ahmed,Pratapgarh (Apna Dal)
Sitting SP MP from Phulpur,Atiq Ahmed has been a four-time MLA from Allahabad City (west). Among the 136 criminal cases he faced at one time,the most well-known is the one involving an attack on Chief Minister Mayawati at a guest house in 1995. Until last year,when he surrendered,Atiq was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head. Recently,he was booked for intimidating a witness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal,who was killed in Allahabad on January 25,2005. Presently,three cases are pending in the court against Atiq Ahmed, said his lawyer.
Dhananjay Singh,Jaunpur (BSP)
A two-time MLA from Jaunpur,Dhananjay Singh carried a reward of Rs 50,000 for a murder in Lucknow. In all,Singh once faced 25 criminal cases,including four murder,when he was first elected MLA from Jaunpurs Rari constituency in 2002. Singhs lawyer in Lucknow,Aadesh Singh,said,Except in the murder case of former director of health,Dr Bachchilal,Dhananjay,he has been acquitted in all cases.
Brij Bhushan Saran Singh,Kaiserganj (SP)
Three-time BJP MP Brij Bhushan was arrested in 1996 under TADA for links with Dawood Ibrahim. In all,he faces 31 cases,including several for alleged murder. Singh has also been booked under Goonda and Gangster Acts. I have been acquitted under TADA. Two cases are still pending against me, said Singh.
Mohammad Tahir Khan,Sultanpur (BSP)
Sitting BSP MP Mohammad Tahir Khan was held for attempt to murder on a supporter of SP MP Chandra Bhadra Singh alias Sonu Singh in 2005. He was also booked for land grabbing and threatening chief medical officer of Sultanpur TB Hospital. This year,Khans relative Abdul Rehman accused Tahir for provoking his brother and supporters to beat him. The case was registered at Kotwali police station in Sultanpur. All cases against me were lodged after I won the Lok Sabha election. The case of CMO and attack on Sonu Singhs supporter are still pending in court, said Khan.
Rizwan Zaheer,Shrawasti (BSP)
Twice MP and a three-time MLA,Rizwan faces around a dozen cases,including three of murders in 1997 and 1998. Goonda Act and NSA were also slapped on him. Except in one case,Rizwan has been acquitted in all cases, said his lawyer Kurshad Anwar Chand. Rizwan was also accused of attacking a jeep in Balrampur with bombs and bullets,killing five of the occupants. He was later acquitted in the case.
Rakesh Pandey,Ambedkar Nagar (BSP)
Former SP MLA from Jalalpur,Pandey and his two brothers were accused of killing two prominent politicians of Ambedkar Nagar in 1992 and 1993.