AN ALLEGED henchman of former Uttar Pradesh minister Amarmani Tripathi was booked for allegedly threatening to kill Samajwadi Party MLA Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit in Bulandshahr.
According to the police complaint lodged by Sharma, he received threat calls on Sunday late night on his mobile phone from Santosh Rai, a henchman of Tripathi, who is serving life sentence in the 2003 murder case of poetess Madhumita Shukla.
Sharma, an MLA from Dibai constituency with Y-plus security cover, was a CBI witness in the Madhumita murder case. Rai had been convicted in the same case along with Amarmani and his wife Madhumani by the district court of Dehradun.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Bulandshahr, Rajesh Kumar said Rai was booked under IPC Section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication). They are collecting call details of the number provided by the MLA, he added.
ASP said in his complaint, Sharma has stated that Rai is lodged in Gorakhpur district jail. However, Gorakhpur jail officials denied it and confirmed that Rai is currently serving sentence in a jail in Uttarakhand.
When contacted, MLA Sharma said, “As many as 11 threatening calls were made on my cellphone by Santosh Rai on Sunday late night. The first call was made at around 9 pm. Even though I disconnected the phone, Rai kept on calling and hurled abuses at me. Later, he sent an SMS asking me to come and meet him in jail.”
Asked how he knew it was Rai on phone, he said, “I recognized Rai’s voice because in Dehradun court where the murder trial was going on, he had abused me once when I came out after recording my statement. I had complained about this to the court on the next date of hearing.”