Human Sacrifices to celebrate Maya’s B’day

published on December 24, 2008

BSP MLA accused of lynching engineer arrested


Auraiya, : BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his associates accused of
lynching an executive engineer of the Uttar Pradesh Public Works
Department to death, has been arrested by the Police from Kanpur.

MK Gupta was beaten to death allegedly by Tiwari and his supporters
after he is believed to have refused to pay them a huge sum for
birthday celebrations of Chief Minister Mayawati next month. Tiwari has
been booked for murder.

BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his two associates — Manoj
Tyagi and another surnamed Bhatia — forcibly entered the
house of engineer M K Gupta at Gail Vihar Colony in Diviapur
police circle here last night and started beating him up
severely, according to a report lodged with the police by his
wife Shashi Gupta.

It said they locked Shashi in a bathroom and continued
beating her husband and later left the seriously injured
engineer at Diviapur police station in the district, about 100
kms from Kanpur. Gupta was declared dead after being taken to
a hospital.

“An FIR under various sections of the IPC, including 302
(murder), has been lodged against the MLA and his two
associates at Diviapur police station,” Station House Officer
Hoshiyar Singh told media.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order)
Brijlal said in Lucknow that the MLA called up the police
station at around 3 am saying a man was indulging in
“hooliganism” and that action should be taken against him.

“The MLA later left the seriously injured engineer at the
police station at around 3.30 am and went away. An FIR is
being registered against the MLA and others and the guilty
will not be spared,” he told reporters.

“We are looking for Tiwari, who is absconding,” he said.

Though police refused to comment on the motive of the
murder saying that investigation was on in the case, family
members of Gupta alleged that Rs 50 lakh was demanded from him
by the MLA as donation for celebrations of party chief
Mayawati’s birthday falling on January 15.

Protesting against the incident, PWD engineers across the
state have decided to go on a strike, UP Engineers Association
General Secretary S S Niranjan said.

The engineers have demanded that a compensation of Rs 25
lakh be paid to the family of the deceased and his wife be
given pension equivalent to the last salary drawn by him, he
said. The engineers have also sought an assurance from the
government that adequate security would be provided in future
to the field staff.

Demanding the immediate arrest of Tiwari, Samajwadi Party
state president Shivpal Singh Yadav alleged that a target of
collecting Rs 1000 crore was set by the Chief Minister for
party MPs, MLAs and ministers.

Terming Auraiya incident as a result of “pressure” on BSP
leaders to collect money to meet the target for Mayawati’s
birthday, Yadav claimed that even police officers were
involved in “extorting” money for the event.

“The occurrence of Auraiya-like incidents will continue
in the state if the Chief minister herself keeps setting
targets for collecting money for her,” he said.

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