SIT formed to probe Mahoba advocate suicide, police move to attach properties of accused

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Mahoba (UP), Feb 21 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh Police has formed a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the suicide case of a district court advocate and also moved to attach the properties of accused persons under the stringent Gangsters Act.

The 50-year-old advocate, Mukesh Kumar Pathak, a resident of Samadnagar locality, had killed himself with his licensed rifle here late on the night of February 13 after allegedly being harassed by a group of people who tried to extort Rs 60 lakh from him, police had said then. The police have so far arrested seven people in this connection.

'Inspector General of Banda K Satyanarayan has constituted an SIT for an impartial and transparent probe. The three-member SIT is headed by Atrara Circle Officer Anand Kumar Pandey. The probe will be supervised by Banda Superintendent of Police Siddhartha Shankar Meena,' Additional Superintendent of Police Rajendra Kumar Gautam said on Sunday.

Kotwali Police Station SHO Anoop Kumar Dubey said the process is on under the Gangsters Act to attach movable and immovable properties of the arrested accused -- outgoing 'block pramukh' Chhatrapal Yadav, his nephew Vikram Yadav, his brother-in-law Anand Mohan Yadav, and four others namely Ravi Soni, Ankit Soni, Abhay Pratap Singh and Manish Chaubey.

Police had last Saturday recovered five guns, including three rifles, following a raid on Chhatrpal's house. The recovered firearms also included a single-barrel gun and a pistol, SHO Anoop Dubey said.

Following the recovery of weapons, the police have launched another probe to determine as to how the former representative of the three-tier Panchayati Raj Institution manage to secure so many licenced guns despite 26 criminal cases registered against him in different police stations, the SHO said.

While the licence for the single-barrel had been issued in Chhatrpal’s name, the licences for a rifle and a pistol were issued in the name of his wife, SHO Dubey said.

He added that the licences for two remaining rifles were issued respectively in the names of his brother-in-law and the wife of one of his cousins.

According to Dubey, a case of extortion and threat to kill the advocate's son, Shivam Pathak, was registered on February 7 against Chhatrapal Yadav, Vikram Yadav, Anand Mohan Yadav, Ravi Soni and Ankit Soni on Shivam’s complaint.

Shivam had told police that the accused had called his father on February 13 to settle the extortion case and threatened to kill him if he did not accede to their demand.

He had claimed that the call left his father depressed and therefore, he ended his life. PTI CORR NAV TIR TIR