UP minister charged with murder of constable resigns

June 8th, 2008 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), June 8 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Fisheries Jamuna Nishad today resigned for his alleged involvement in murder of a constable near a police station in Mahrajganj district.

The Kotwali police have registered a case against Nishad and 50 other unnamed people under section 302 for the murder of constable Krishna Nand Rai. Other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act also have been included, Deputy Inspector General, Gorakhpur Range, G L Meena said.

The incident occurred on Saturday night when supporters of the minister fired at the constable during an altercation with the policemen over a rape case. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. An attempt to ransack the police station was also made.

While witnesses alleged that the constable was hit by a fire from the ministers car, he said that he was not present near the police station.

Nishad said “I was never near the Kotwali last night. However, I had called up some officials and asked them to probe the rape case impartially.

He said someone from the mob that gathered there to protest the alleged shielding of a suspect in the rape of a minor girl from the Nishad community had opened fire. His supporters had not fired.(ANI)

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