Youth shot during party at SP MLC Amit Yadav’s flat in Lucknow | Lucknow News

LUCKMOW: A 33-year-old accountant in a private company, Rakesh Rawat died after his friend Pankaj Singh allegedly fired a shot during a friend’s birthday celebration at a flat allotted to SP MLC Amit Yadav in Laplace colony in Hazratganj in the wee hours of Saturday. Police have registered a murder case and arrested the four present on the spot.
Those arrested were identified as Vinay Yadav, who works as a clerk in the irrigation department, Aftab Alam who works as an assistant manager in a government bank, Pankaj Singh who lives in the flat as caretaker and Gyanendra Singh who is preparing for banking services. All are in their early 30s and living separately.
It was Yadav’s birthday on Friday and Singh had invited his friends to celebrate it at the flat where he was staying for the last five years, said the police.
Deputy commissioner of police, Central Zone, Somen Barma said that based on the complaint of Rakesh Rawat’s father Maniram, a murder case was lodged at the Hazratganj police station.
“The father has alleged that his son was killed by the four after they took him to the apartment. We have arrested all four accused and have invoked the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as Rakesh Rawat belonged to the dalit community,” said Barma.
Barma added that the victim was shot in the face and by the time he reached the hospital, he had died. “He was shot around 10.30-11 pm on Friday. They took him to the KGMU Trauma Centre soon after he was shot, but informed the police later. We are investigating the matter,” he added.
He also said that in initial questioning, the four accused said that the pistol was brought by victim and was given to Vinay Yadav.
“They said when Vinay was examining the pistol, he accidentally shot at Rakesh. But when we questioned them again they said that the pistol belonged to Pankaj Singh (the caretaker) and was at the apartment. He had the pistol and two magazines,” the officer said.
When they got tipsy, Pankaj brought the pistol from another room. When Rakesh asked to see it, Vinay too asked for it. Meanwhile, the pistol went off and the bullet hit Rakesh,” said the DCP.
Thereafter, Rakesh was taken to the KGMU Trauma Centre in Aftab’s car.
He died on the way and they decided to tell police that the pistol belonged to Rakesh and he had brought it. Barma added that the pistol (.32 bore) was illegal and was not registered.

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