The Bijnore police on Friday arrested former BSP MLA Ashok Rana,his nephew Udit and associate Sumit in a case of kidnapping a local businessman for ransom and then opening fire on a police team that had gone to rescue the victim from Ranas residence at Thatjar locality under Syohara police circle on June 6.
Udit Rana is president of the Block Development Committee of Allahpur in Bijnore.
Rana,who lost the Assembly election in Dhampur constituency to SPs Mool Chand Chauhan,had gone underground after the incident and the police had secured non-bailable warrants against him and other accused from court.
On Friday morning,acting on a tip-off,the police arrested all three near the Ganga barrage in Bijnore when they were moving to a new hideout in Sumits car. They were produced in court that sent them to jail.
Bijnore SP Nitin Tiwari said 41 people had been arrested in connection with the attack on the police and a hunt is on to trace 12 others.
The police said the accused were demanding Rs 22 lakh as ransom money from Subodh Sharma,who runs an LPG agency. Inspector S N Singh of the Dhampur police station said that they had a phone recording of the threat and the demand for ransom.
On June 6,men in two SUV went to Sharmas house in Dhampur,put him in a car,took him to Ranas house and beat him up badly.
In the meantime,Sharmas wife Deepa complained to the police,naming Rana and others for kidnapping her husband. The police got to know that Sharma was kept at Ranas house. At night,a police force went to rescue Sharma,but were fired at,allegedly by Rana and his associates.
The police said that following their action,the men released Subodh Sharma and went underground. Subodh had severe injuries on the face and hands when released.
A Non-bailable warrant is pending against former BSP MLA Ram Bhuwal Nishad and his younger brother Manoj Nishad in connection with a May 7 incident in which some men fired gun shots while chasing one Pappu Nishad in Gorakhpur. They are booked under various sections of the IPC,including attempt to murder. The police sought NBW against Ram Bhuwal and his brother after they went into hiding. Complainant Pappu Nishad alleged that the attack was made over a political rivalry because Bhuwal held him responsible for his defeat in the Assembly election in Gorakhpur rural. Pappu supported Congress candidate Kajal Nishad. BJPs Vijay Bahadur Yadav won the election.