3 UP cops declared absconders in trader-suicide case

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Lucknow/Mahoba (UP), Nov 14 (PTI) A Lucknow court has declared as absconders three suspended Uttar Pradesh police personnel, including the former Mahoba superintendent of police, in the case of abetment to suicide of a trader two months ago, an officer said on Saturday.

The special court in Lucknow had passed an order on Friday, proclaiming then SP Manilal Patidar, inspector Devendra Shukla and constable Arun Yadav as absconders under the Code of Criminal Procedure, Mahoba district Additional Superintendent of Police Rajendra Kumar Gautam said.

Indrakant Tripathi, 44, was found injured in his car with gunshot wounds on September 8, days after he levelled allegations of corruption against then Patidar. Tripathi died on September 13. On September 9, Patidar was suspended with immediate effect on corruption charges and a vigilance probe was ordered into his wealth, police had said.

His brother had alleged that Patidar demanded a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from Tripathi and threatened to kill him or send him to jail in case of non-payment within a week. An SIT has concluded that Tripathi committed suicide. PTI CORR NAV HMB