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NSA slapped against jailed SP leader Rizwan Zaheer

Zaheer, who has 14 cases lodged against him, is currently in Balrampur district jail. In January, he was arrested with his daughter Zeba Rizwan and son-in-law Rameez for allegedly planning the murder of SP leader Feroz Ahmed alias Pappu.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: May 30, 2022 3:18:31 am
Balrampur MP and Samajwadi Party leader Rizwan Zaheer. (Source: Facebook/@RizwanZaheerOfficial)

Balrampur Police Sunday invoked the National Security Act against former Samajwadi Party MP Rizwan Zaheer who is currently in jail in connection with the alleged murder of another party member.

Zaheer, who has 14 cases lodged against him, is currently in Balrampur district jail. In January, he was arrested with his daughter Zeba Rizwan and son-in-law Rameez for allegedly planning the murder of SP leader Feroz Ahmed alias Pappu.

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“The National Security Act has been invoked against Rizwan Zaheer,” said Additional Superintendent of Police, Balrampur, Namrita Srivastava. The order was served to Zaheer inside the jail.

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Earlier in May, Balrampur police had attached Zaheer’s properties and bank accounts under the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act. The estimated value of the attached properties was around Rs 79 crore and they are located in Lucknow and Balrampur.

Zaheer had won from Balrampur Lok Sabha constituency twice as an SP candidate – in 1998 and 1999. He was also elected as an MLA from Tulsipur assembly seat thrice – as an Independent in 1989, as an SP nominee in 1993, and as a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate in 1996. In 2019, he joined the BSP but returned to SP in 2021.

As per reports, Zaheer and Ahmed had a fallout as the latter was preparing to contest the 2022 Assembly elections from the Tulsipur seat. Zaheer, on the other hand, had been vying for a ticket for his daughter Zeba from the same constituency as well.

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