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Ex-bandit says no to arms to avenge brother's killing

Written by: Staff

Varanasi, Oct 23 (UNI) Refusing to take up arms again to avenge the alleged killing of brother Ram Kumar Parihar by Uttar Pradesh Police recently, bandit-turned-actor Seema Parihar today vowed to settle scores with the police in the court of law.

The 36-year-old bandit, who surrendered in December 2000 and is out on bail since May 2004, accompanied her slain brother's minor son Vipin, to immerse the ashes of his father in Ganga river here this evening.

''Mai Kashi ki pavitra bhoomi pe Ganga ki saugandh leti hoon ki police dwara apne bhai ki hatya ka badla lene ke liye hathiyar nahi uthaoongi, balki nyayalay ka sahara loongi,'' (I take a vow of not picking up arms again to avenge my brother's killing by police, but will instead fight a legal battle with the cops), said Seema, interacting with newspersons here.

''I have already petitioned the district court in Auraiyya and will contest the case against police to secure justice for my slain brother,'' Seema maintained.

Queried about the prospects of contesting coming assembly polls in UP to raise the issue of his borther's killing, the widow of dreaded bandit Nirbhay Gurjar said she would not contest elections at any cost and will instead fight the battle in the court of law.'' Ram Kumar Parihar, the first of the two younger brothers of Seema was gunned down by the police in an encounter in Ghaziabad district in the early hours on October 5.

''The Auraiyya police first called my brother for routine questioning and later handed him over to Ghaziabad police, who killed him on the pretext that Ram Kumar tried to attack them and run away with their weapons. If Ram Kumar had to attack police and run away only, he could have easily committed the crime in Auraiyya, instead of travelling to Ghaziabad,'' Seema added.

''They killed my brother to settle scores with me. I could have easily reverted to Chambal ravines and picked up arms again to fight the cops out, but I am bound by my promise made to the court of never taking to arms again. I have full faith in judiciary and will fight for justice in the court of law only,'' she added.

The former bandit who is playing self in 'Wounded' -- a film based on her life slated for release on December 15 -- however, was critical of UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav of not entertaining her plea of taking action against the police personnel involved in the killing of his brother in ''fake encounter.'' ''I faxed the CM a letter drawing his attention to the fake encounter killing of Ram Kumar, but there has been no response from his side,'' she added.

Recounting she had in 2002 filed nominations as Shiv Sena candidate to contest UP assembly polls from Etawah district, but later withdrew her papers, Seema reiterated that she will not enter electoral fray in 2007 UP polls.

The former bandit, however, vowed to raise the issue of her brother's killing before the public, if she toured the country to promote Krishna Mishra's flick 'Wounded.' UNI ARS VS MS HT1900

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