Court charges SP MLA with constable murder

A District court has framed charges against Vijay Mishra, Samajwadi Party MLA from Gyanpur in Sant Ravidas Nagar, in the case of murder of a police constable Surya Mani Mishra. Charges, which included criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and other offences, were framed against seven other accused also.

Property dispute was said to be the reason behind the murder. Special Judge Vikar Ahmed Ansari framed charges on Tuesday under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), along with 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Besides, charges have also been framed against the accused under various sections of the Gangster Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act.

Apart from Vijay, the other accused against whom charges have been framed are: Ramchandra Mishra alias Lal Sahab, Prakash Chandra Mishra alias Munna, Prem Shankar Mishra, Gulab Shankar Mishra, Jeet Narayan Mishra, Dileep Kumar Mishra and Santosh Kumar Dubey. All the accused, mostly related to each other, are out on bail.

On May 14, 2003, Mani, who was then deployed in the office of Inspector General, Allahabad, was shot near UCO bank on Sardar Patel Marg in Civil Lines by Shlok Pandit, who was hired for killing Mishra.

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