Congress leader among 3 held for ‘staging firing on herself : UP
The police identified the other two arrested persons as Mohammad Mustakeem and Dharmendra Yadav, both local residents. Mustakeem owns and was driving an SUV in which Reeta was travelling at the time of the purported incident.
Police claimed to have recovered a country-made pistol from Dharmendra’s possession.
The police are also looking for three other accused Madhav Yadav, his nephew Suraj Yadav and one unidentified person.
Police said Madhav Yadav, a former village pradhan, and Reeta Yadav planned the staged “attack” while others helped in implementing the plan.
The accused have been booked under IPC section 211 (false charge of offence with intent to injure), 195 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of offence) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), said police.
Station House Officer, Lamhua police station, Narvdeshver Tiwari said Reeta Yadav changed her statement often while giving details of the sequence of events, leading to suspicion.
During investigation, police did not find any evidence at the spot to support Reeta’s version of events.
The police then started looking for people who were regularly in touch with Reeta in the past few weeks.
Their statements were recorded and their phone locations at the time of the purported incident were traced, added police.
The police picked up Dharmendra Yadav, who told them that the “attack” was planned by Madhav and Reeta Yadav.
The Sultanpur police have arrested a 35-year-old woman a local Congress leader for allegedly registering a false case of attempt to murder after staging an attack on herself by conspiring with her aides.
Police said on Friday that Reeta Yadav had filed a case last week alleging that unidentified persons fired at her while she was returning home from a market on January 3, resulting in a leg injury to her.
The police said that Reeta, along with her aides, planned a conspiracy and staged the alleged attack to gain sympathy. Reeta wanted to project herself as a potential candidate in the forthcoming Assembly election, added the police.
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