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‘Justice for Anu’ is refrain as Tyagi community members meet DM over case against Shrikant Tyagi

Shrikant Tyagi was arrested on August 9 for misbehaving with a woman during a heated argument at a residential society.

Jailed politician Shrikant Tyagi (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Around 40 members of the Tyagi community gathered outside the collectorate office in Noida’s Surajpur on Tuesday afternoon, demanding “justice” for treatment allegedly meted out to the wife and children of Shrikant Tyagi, who was arrested on August 9 for misbehaving with a woman during a heated argument at a residential society.

The group met with Noida District Magistrate Suhas LY and submitted a letter seeking action over Shrikant’s wife Anu Tyagi and their children allegedly being mistreated.

The letter, addressed by Anu and written on the letterhead of the Tyagi Bhumihar Brahmin Samaj Morcha, also seeks that the case registered against Shrikant under the gangster act be removed. It points to both Anu and Shrikant’s aunt Ingla being questioned by Noida police, and states that the former was questioned for around 39 hours and kept in a police station with mostly male police officers. It also seeks a department inquiry against the Noida police officers concerned.

Sanjeev Tyagi, who was among the protesters, said, “The action taken against Shrikant Tyagi is a separate matter; but what about the manner in which his wife and family were treated? Police took his wife and his aunt; his kids were left alone at home… We want an independent inquiry, and whoever is responsible to be punished as per the law. Cases which have been lodged against Shrikant illegally should be looked into.”

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Adesh Tyagi Kaushik, member of the morcha, said the administration has accepted their letter. “We have submitted our demands before the District Magistrate. The administration has said that they will respond within two days. We want that the case under the gangster act against Shrikant should be removed as it has no basis.” Another member of the community, Abhay Tyagi, added, “There are several illegal encroachments in the society, so why was Shrikant Tyagi singled out… If the construction in the Tyagi’s home is considered illegal encroachment, why have residents not said anything about other such activities in the same society as there are over 300 of them?”

Anu had also moved an application before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court seeking security cover for her husband during court proceedings, claiming that his life is under threat from an attack by history sheeter Vinay Tyagi and his gang. The application states that Tyagi should be provided with a bulletproof jacket, 19 constables with automatic weapons and two sub-inspectors. Disposing of the application on August 25, the court said, “In light of the instant application, it is directed to jail authorities to take extra precaution while taking the accused from jail to court.”

First published on: 06-09-2022 at 17:39 IST
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