BSP candidate faked abduction, says police

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Barwani, MP, Nov 14 (UNI) Dubbing the abduction episode of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Ramesh Sulia as farce, police today described it as a short-cut for gaining popularity.

Superintendent of Police Pravin Mathur told mediapersons in this district's Sendha town, that all the investigations did not confirm Mr Sulia's abduction. Also, the statements of the BSP candidate's driver Lalchand and his brother-in-law Lakshman were found contradictory.

The trio gave different statements over the appearance, clothing, age, gun and weapon of the abductors.

He said the conspiracy was hatched to obtain security apart from attaining popularity. District BSP President had demanded security cover for all four party candidates in this district.

The case was being presented before the court for closure. Later, a criminal case would be registered against the prosecutor and other witnesses for presenting false evidences. The Election Commission has been informed about the matter.

Meanwhile, Mr Sulia informed about the incident to Madhya Pradesh BSP President Narmada Prasad Ahirwar. He told mediapersons that he was abducted by an unidentified person and was robbed of Rs 10,000.

Besides, the abductors threatened him to refrain from campaigning.

Alleging that police had switched off his cellular phone and took him to Varla, Dhavali and Sendhva for medical examination, he said he was released during midnight after interrogations.

According to the First Information Report, filed by Mr Sulia's driver, Mr Sulia was enroute to Balwadi for campaigning when he was abducted near Solvan area on the gun-point. However, he was found out by his supporters and police within one hour of abduction.

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