Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has warned the Bharatiya Janata Party government and officers over the death of a youth, Pushpendra Yadav, in an alleged police encounter in Jhansi, saying the case will be investigated again when the Samajwadi Party comes to power in 2022. Addressing a press conference after a stop over for the night in Jhansi, the SP chief said, that those responsible for Pushpendra’s death including police officers will be sent to jail.
“This is my warning to the BJP government and the officers as well that those responsible for the death of Pushpendra Yadav will be sent to jail after we form government in 2022. The Jhansi police is trying to show its strength by killing Pushpendra, the matter requires judicial enquiry. The Jhansi police was roaming around and while keeping the deadbody in the backseat of the car. If it was really an encounter then how come an ambulance was roaming near the spot and why were the blood stains found in the back side of the car?” he asked.
“This is not an encounter, it's police lynching. Pushpendra was married three months back and now what future does his widow have? Once the by elections are over, we will get on roads to ensure justice for Pushpendra Yadav. The attitude of the government in this entire case is wrong. Entire Jhansi knows what the truth is in this case. An injustice has been done with the family of Pushpendra Yadav,” added SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Earlier on Wednesday, Akhilesh Yadav had reached Jhansi to meet the family members of the deceased Pushpendra Yadav and had demanded probe by a sitting High Court Judge in the case. “No one believes the theory floated by police and the sequence of events as told by the Jhansi district administration,” he had said. “You can understand how big the conspiracy is as the entire government has swung in to action to save the SHO (station house officer).”
“The family members have not even got the postmortem report,” said Akhilesh Yadav, adding the police should not have had any objection to the demands of the family members of filing a case. “It is surprising that even the last rites were performed by the police without the family members. Is this Ram Rajya?”
“Not much should be expected from the police force of a state where the chief minister openly asks them to 'thok dalo' (shoot) those taking law in their own hands,” said Akhilesh Yadav. “I have no faith in the police and administration of the state.”
According to the Jhansi Police, Moth SHO Dharmendra Singh Chauhan on September 29 had seized a truck belonging to Pushpendra Yadav in a case of illegal mining. On the night of October 5, Chauhan, who was returning to Jhansi from Kanpur in his private car after a two-day leave, received a call from Pushpendra Yadav regarding his seized truck. Chauhan then reached the Bamrauli intersection to meet him where he was allegedly shot at as soon as he rolled down his window pane.
Shivangi, Pushpendra Yadav’s widow, rubbished the encounter theory and claimed that Chauhan had killed her husband after the latter threatened to make public a telephonic conversation where the police officer is allegedly heard asking him for a bribe.
“They caught him (Pushpendra) and killed him. If at all it was my husband’s fault, the police could have summoned him or sent him to jail… they even had his mobile number. My husband had already paid Rs 1.5 lakh to the SHO, but he wanted more,” claimed Shivangi.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Jhansi Police in a tweet released a record of crimes attributed to Pushpendra Yadav, most of which related to personal disputes. All pertained to 2014 and 2015, and included charges such as abetment, enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman and criminal intimidation. In a separate tweet, the police also claimed that his truck was fined twice in 2018 for illegal mining with the latest ‘challan’ as recent as September 29.