December 26, 2008 1:00:40 pm
Uttar Pradesh PWD engineer Manoj Kumar Gupta, whose murder on Wednesday led to the arrest of BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his associates, was subjected to electric shocks and beaten up brutally, leading to a fatal brain haemorrhage, his autopsy has revealed.
One of the doctors who conducted the post-mortem in Kanpur Dehat told The Indian Express that Gupta was administered electric shocks on the hands and feet. There were 23 injuries on his body, including a head injury which led to brain haemorrhage.
The doctor said there were signs of electrocution on Gupta’s hands and feet and contusions all over — on his chest, back, stomach and thighs. There were contusions and black marks in his eyes. According to the doctor, it was clear that Gupta had been brutally assaulted.
Gupta was beaten to death, allegedly by MLA Tiwari and and his associates. It is alleged that he was assaulted after he refused to pay money for the birthday celebrations of Chief Minister Mayawati, a charge denied by the state government.
In Lucknow, Mayawati ruled out a CBI inquiry claiming that the murder was the result of Gupta’s rivalry with his colleagues and probably had to do with “sharing of commission” among the engineers. She said the involvement of her MLA was a subject of investigation. The police have already arrested Tiwari on the charge of murder.
Mayawati rejected the charge that the engineer was killed for refusing to contribute for her birthday celebrations. “No target for fund collection for my birthday celebration was given to any MP, MLA or candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections.
Only party office bearers at the district level have been asked to contribute. I have issued instructions that action will be taken if any BSP worker is found collecting funds.”
“I always celebrate my birthday as Arthik Sahyog Diwas (economic cooperation day) as the BSP has never taken funds from big business houses, unlike the Congress and BJP. I take donations only from common workers of my party,” she claimed. “There is no need for a CBI inquiry as the police have already taken prompt action and the accused have been arrested. The demand for the CBI probe being raised by family members of the engineer is at the behest of Opposition parties who are out to malign the state government and the BSP,” she said.
She claimed that sharing of “commission” among PWD engineers probably had something to do with the murder and police investigation would look at the involvement of the MLA.
Conceding that Tiwari had a crime past, she said he had told her that he had been framed by the previous governments of rival parties and had assured her of good conduct after joining the BSP.
Mayawati slammed the media for reporting that the murder happened because the engineer refused money for her birthday celebrations. There was a sharp exchange with reporters and she demanded an apology from the media.
She said the BSP would celebrate her birthday on January 15 as the Dhikkar Diwas (condemnation day) “to thwart the conspiracy hatched by Opposition parties to defame the BSP.”
She later told a meeting of party MLAs that she would write a book to “expose how Opposition parties in the state mobilise funds”. Without naming MLA Tiwari or the Auraiya case, she warned errant MLAs to “mend ways and be disciplined, otherwise no one will be spared.”
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