Lucknow, Dec 25: In what can be called as heights of torture, Uttar Pradesh PWD engineer MK Gupta's body bore 32 injury marks with electric shock over his body. The autopsy report also said one of his hand was also fractured.
Gupta was allegedly lynched by a ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator for refusing to pay for Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday.The reports also revealed that his hair had been pulled out in clumps.
BSP legislator Shekhar Tiwari has been arrested for the murder. He will be presented at a court in Auriya district on Thursday, Dec 25. Opposing the alleged killing, Samajwadi party are observing state wide shutdown on Dec 25. Many trains were stopped at many places in the state.
Activists of the opposition Samajwadi Party, which has called for a state wide shutdown on Thursday to protest the killing, were stopping trains at many places in the state. State govt engineers have also called for a shutdown to protest the killing. Tiwari was arrested on Wednesday from Rania town in Kanpur (rural) district.
Mayawati said that the state administration has connection towards that incident. Victim Gupta's wife Shashi Gupta in her FIR has filed two more suspects name. Now the police are on hunt for those two suspects. The state police chief sought to term the incident as a "fallout of kickbacks in contracts in the PWD".
Tiwari and his men had allegedly barged into Gupta's house around 2 am on Wednesday, Dec 24 locked up his wife in the bathroom and thrashed the engineer after
stripping him. Not satisfied with this, Tiwari took severely injured Gupta to nearest police station and told the police to register a case against the engineer for 'indulging in hooliganism' at 5 pm. The police, however, took him to hospital around 7am where he was declared dead.
Sharad Gupta, cousin of the victim, said the engineer was under pressure to shell out a hefty amount for Mayawati's birthday celebrations.
"On earlier occasions too, Tiwari visited his house a number of times, demanding money. But my (cousin) brother expressed inability to give the money and his refusal led to this incident," Sharad Gupta told reporters. Sharad Gupta said: "My cousin had apprised PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui about Shekhar Tiwari's oft-repeated demand for money, but nothing concrete was done to restrain him."
Its a routine for BSP activists to hold a big birthday party of Mayawati on Jan 15 every year.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)