Updated: July 3, 2021 4:55:13 am
Munawwar Rana’s son Tabrez Rana (28) has been booked for allegedly faking an assault on himself to implicate his uncles over a property dispute in Rae Bareli district.
Two friends of Tabrez and two shooters were arrested and sent to judicial custody for staging the attack on him, Rae Bareli police said on Friday. Tabrez is absconding.
Munawwar (68), in a statement on Thursday night, accused the police of “acting like goons” and entering his house without a warrant or notice.
Sharing the sequence of the events, Rae Bareli SP Shlok Kumar said that on June 28, Tabrez filed a case at Kotwali police station, alleging that he was attacked by two bike-borne men. “Teams were deployed to investigate the claims. After scanning CCTV footage and questioning people in the nearby area, it came to light that Tabrez Rana had sold some paternal land, which was more than his share. After the sale, his uncles opposed it. In the complaint lodged by Tabrez, he suspected that his uncles may have a role in the so called attack,” said SP Kumar.
The conspiracy was hatched allegedly by Tabrez and his friends Mohmmad Haleem (30) and Sultan Ali (32). They hired two shooters: Satyendra Tripathi (28), who fired upon Tabrez’s car; and Shubham Sarkar (28), who rode the bike. The shooters and Tabrez’s friends have been arrested.
The SP said Tabrez thought that his uncles would resign to the sale of the property after the FIR.
“He had planned to fight the upcoming Vidhan Sabha election from the Tiloi seat in Rae Bareilly district. He thought that the fake attack would help him get the media coverage and sympathy among voters,” said SP Kumar.
Additional SP Vishwajeet Srivastava said that Tabrez would be booked in the same case. “The case against his four uncles and a cousin was lodged under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder). All have been exonerated in that matter. And now, Tabrez along with the other four have been booked in the same case. IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) have been added to the case besides section 307. We are looking for Tabrez,” said Srivastava.
Tabrez lives in Lucknow but frequents Rae Bareilly district his paternal family belongs to.
Poet Munawwar, in the statement, said, “I asked the policemen if they have a warrant. They said they don’t have one and asked me to step aside. I asked them to tell me about my son’s crime, and if they have brought a notice against him. They acted like goons here… They did not let the media or the lawyers enter (the house). In the condition I am in, if I die then the policemen, all of them who came here, will be responsible for it… There was just one policewoman with them, and my daughters and everyone were at home, and they entered all the rooms.”
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