08 March, 2021

There Were Shots But No Lead

There Were Shots But No Lead
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"Don’t turn it into another Jessica Lall case...." The plea from the grieving relatives and friends of Meher Bhargava left UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav speechless. All he could mumble was, "I know, action will be taken." Everyone who knew Meher, wife of senior UP Congress leader Luv Bhargava, congregated at her Lucknow residence on March 26, when her body was flown in here from Delhi’s Apollo hospital. She had died the previous day. Meher was shot in cold blood almost a month ago.

What shocked Lucknowites the most was that the incident took place in the heart of the city, Hazratganj. And that too bang opposite the SSP’s office. All the accused are history-sheeters, with even murder writ along their names. The police had all along claimed to be clueless on the killers. But on March 29, they announced that they’d had an ‘encounter’ with Meher’s killer in the city. ‘Main accused’ Sachin Pahari, though, managed to escape with bullet wounds. As we go to press, a massive manhunt is on to nab him. Two of Pahari’s accomplices were arrested minutes before...

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