A Lucknow court on Saturday sentenced gangster Om Prakash Srivastava alias Babloo Srivastava and his aide Manjeet Singh alias Mange Sardar to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for running a gang from inside the jail.
The court also sentenced three others Krishna Shetty,Jitendra,and Paramjeet Singh alias Pummi to three years imprisonment. A fine of Rs 25,000 each has also been imposed on them Shetty,Jitendra and Paramjeet,who were out on bail,were taken into custody. Prosecuting Officer R A Chowdhary said,The prosecution has established that the gangster was running his gang from inside the jail with the help of his gang members. The court later granted interim bail to Krishna Shetty,Jitendra and Paramjeet. He added that the court acquitted five other persons,Anand,Yunus,Ranjit Bahadur,Pradeep Gupta and Atul Gupta,in the case. The prosecution produced 18 witnesses before the court. Babloo and Mange,who are lodged in Bareilly Central Jail,were brought to Lucknow today.
According to prosecution,the UP STF was tipped that Babloo,with the help of his aides,was running his gang while being lodged inside the jail. In 2003,the police registered a case at the Alambagh police station in this regard. During investigation,it was found that the gang was involved in extortion,land grabbing and was also planning to kidnap a businessman. The police taped the telephonic conversation of Babloo and his aides,and made several arrests.
The police later filed a chargesheet against them under various sections of the IPC including the UP Gangster Act. The prosecution said the voice samples of the accused were sent for forensic examination with the report establishing the voice of five of the accused matched with the taped conversation,said Chowdhary.
Advocate H A Alvi,who was representing Babloo Srivastava and Mange Sardar,said they will appeal against todays order.