STF arrests murder accused on-the-run for 19 years

Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday arrested an accused who was on the run for the last 19 years and carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh declared by the CBI in the murder case of Assistant Customs Collector LD Arora.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 25, 2013 12:06 am

Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday arrested an accused who was on the run for the last 19 years and carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh declared by the CBI in the murder case of Assistant Customs Collector LD Arora.

The CBI had found during investigation that gangster Om Prakash Srivastava alias Babloo Srivastava had got Arora killed by his aides at the instance of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. Babloo is lodged in UP’s Bareilly jail presently. The accused — Alimuddin alias Baba alias Mohammad Shafi — who is 52-year-old now was allegedly involved in the case.

He was caught from a rented house in City Kotwali area of Fatehpur district at 3.30 pm,said STF Deputy Superintendent of Police Praveen Singh,who made the arrest. Babloo Srivastava and two of his aides — Kamal Kishore Saini and Manjit Singh Mange — were sentenced to life imprisonment in Arora murder case by a Kanpur TADA court in September,2008 and the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011.

The CBI had sought the help of STF in arresting Alimuddin after they came to know that he was hiding in Nepal and visits Allahabad and Fatehpur districts of UP to meet his relatives.

The STF DSP said that Alimuddin,who is a native of Bahadurganj area in Allahabad,was staying at the rented house in Fatehpur along with his wife for the last three years. He told the STF during interrogation that he and his wife stayed in Kathmandu,Pokhra and Krishna Nagar of Nepal before they came to Fatehpur three years ago. Alimuddin also said that his two sons are pursuing BTech from Aligarh Muslim University. Singh said that Alimuddin revealed that he had escaped to Nepal after Arora’s murder and stayed there with the help of local links of Babloo. He was not in contact with Babloo for the last four years,he told the police.

Arora was shot dead on Circular Road in Cantonment area of Allahabad on March 23,1993.

15 prospective bidders show interest in Lucknow-Agra expressway

As many as 15 prospective developers have shown interest in the proposed Lucknow-Agra access controlled expressway,a dream project of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Renowned companies like GVK,GMR,Gammon India,IL&FS and the Jaypee group participated in the pre-bid meeting in Delhi on Wednesday,increasing hopes for the state government.

Senior government officials,including Sanjay Agarwal,Principal Secretary of Industry,and Mukul Singhal,CEO of Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority,attended the meeting. The state government has already floated request for qualification document for the expressway project with an estimated cost of Rs 9,155 crore. The last date for submission of RFQ bids is May 10.

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