After the hue and cry about the mysterious disappearance of Shashi, in the state assembly and Mayawati sacking her minister Anand, the case seems to be murkier with confessions of his driver. Many rumours and stories are also doing rounds.
THE HEAT is on the sacked BSP minister Anand Sen Yadav for his alleged links with 24-year old Shashi. The young woman was kidnapped and possibly killed.
There was a new twist in the case, when the driver of the sacked minister, Vijay Yadav, confessed before the police that he had dropped Shashi at the Circuit House room of Anand, on October 18. He even identified the miscreant, who strangled her as Bullan Yadav, a criminal from Sultanpur.
The prime accused in this case, Vijay is under police remand, till Thursday.
Her body, according to sources, was dumped into the Gomti, at Hariyapur, in Sultanpur district. It was taken in a car owned by a relative of the minister.
Rumours and unconfirmed reports are spreading up like forest fire. According to a story, doing rounds in the media circles, apparently a police constable had also spotted two women and a man in the car. The constable reportedly said that he saw a golden locket around one of the women’s neck.
Though a fisherman said he had seen a body in the river, it had not been fished out till the filing of this report.
The police have yet to arrest Seema Azad, co-accused in the FIR registered in the case. She had allegedly threatened Shashi with dire consequences if she dared to approach or meet the former minister.
Interestingly, the police have still not named the BSP MLA from Milkipur, Anand, in the FIR. This is despite the fact that the chief minister had asked him to put in his papers and had also recommended CBI probe in this high profile case.
Strangely, the Faizabad district police continued to grope in dark to ascertain the fate of mysterious disappearance of 24- year old Shashi.
Shashi’s father Yogendra Kumar had alleged sexual harassment by the BSP minister, saying he had reports that the two were seen together in Sultanpur, on October 23 (a day after Shashi disappeared). He feared that his daughter might have been killed, when she refused to follow the dictates of the minister.
Shashi, Seema Azad and Vijay were believed to be in the car. The Faizabad police said it was trying to ascertain all the facts and establish necessary links after Vijay’s confessions.
Earlier, Vijay had said that the girl, Shashi had jumped into the Gomti, near Hariyapur, when she was riding in the pillion of his motorcycle, on October 22.
“We have to establish the real truth after Vijay made these contradictory statements,” police sources said.
Several questions remain unanswered. Is the driver, Vijay’s latest confessions true? Are the fears of Shashi’s father, that his daughter might have been killed, correct?
Reports say that Seema is an influential BSP party functionary. Her sister had contested elections on a BSP ticket. Seema is believed to be close to the sacked minister Anand.
Meanwhile, Anand, the BSP MLA from Milkipur assembly constituency of Faiazabad district, is the son of the BSP MP from Faizabad, Mitra Sen Yadav, who was allegedly involved in human trafficking and has at least 12 cases of murder and kidnapping pending against him.