The police Saturday arrested Anant Vikram Singh, estranged son of Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Sinh, from the latter’s ancestral palace, Bhupati Bhavan, in Amethi.
Anant has been arrested in connection with the killing of a police constable, Vijay Pratap Singh, at the palace gate about nine months ago. Soon after the arrest, Anant Vikram charged his father with hatching a conspiracy against him.
Superintendent of Police, Amethi, Heera Lal said Anant was produced before a local court, which sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody.
Constable Vijay Pratap Singh had died in firing on September 14 outside the Bhupati Bhawan, the SP said, adding that on that day, Anant, his mother and Sinh’s first wife, Garima, and their supporters were trying to prevent the Congress MP and his second wife, Ameeta, from entering the royal palace. Anant’s supporters clashed with the police force deployed there during which someone from the crowd opened fire. The bullet hit Vijay Pratap Singh resulting in his death.
An FIR was then lodged against Anant, his supporters, and 250 unidentified people on various charges including rioting, attempt to murder and murder. Last month, the police had obtained non-bailable warrant against Anant and seven others after they went missing.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Tribhuvan Nath Tripathi, said on Saturday afternoon a police team reached Bhupati Bhavan and arrested Anant. The police have already filed a chargesheet against 22 other accused in the court.
Talking to newspersons at the Piparpur police station where he was taken after the arrest, Anant accused his father and his second wife Ameeta of hatching a conspiracy to get him arrested.
“I have been arrested under a conspiracy and this is the conspiracy of Ameeta Sinh and my father,” he said, adding, “If anything happens to my mother in my absence, these two will be held responsible for it.”
Ameeta, when contacted, said the arrest was a sad moment for the family. “We (Sanjay and Ameeta) as parents have been shattered by this incident,” she added.
In July last year, after a gap of 18 years, Garima and her children —Anant and two daughters — reached the royal palace claiming their share in the ancestral property.
While Sinh maintains that he had divorced his first wife before marrying Ameeta, who is also a former Congress MLA, Garima maintains that she is still the “lawfully wedded wife” of the MP.