Hathras Case: Yogi Adityanath Questions Association Between Samajwadi Party, Accused

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Referring to the murder case of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday questioned the association between Samajwadi Party (SP) and criminals in the state.

“Yesterday’s unfortunate incident in Hathras has brought the Samajwadi Party to light again. Doesn’t SP have an association with the accused? Why is there an association between SP and every criminal? There is SP rally in Hathras today and posters for rally put by the accused,” Adityanath said in the Assembly during the debate on the state budget for 2021-22.

In a shocking incident, Amrish Sharma, a resident of Hathras, was shot dead by another man against whom he had filed a case in July 2018 for allegedly molesting his daughter, at a village in the Sasni police station area on Monday, Uttar Pradesh police said.

According to the police, an FIR has been registered against four accused, two of whom have been arrested.

“On March 1, at around 4 pm, information was received at Sasni police station that in Nojalpur village, a man named Amrish Sharma had been shot by Gaurav Sharma and his friends. Amrish died on his way to the hospital,” said Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Hathras. The SP said that the police reached the incident spot and an investigation was carried out on Monday.

“During the investigation, it came to light that in July 2018, Amrish Sharma had filed a case of molestation against Gaurav Sharma, who was sent to jail but he came out on bail after one month. Both the families were having a dispute since then,” Jaiswal added. Speaking about the incident, the police official said, “The wife and the aunt of the main accused Gaurav Sharma and both daughters of deceased had gone to temple in the village. They had an argument there over the old case. The accused and Amrish Sharma came there later where they argued and the accused shot the latter, who died while being taken to hospital.”

The SP said that teams have been formed to nab the remaining accused and further investigation is underway.

Taking note of the development, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to take strict action in the matter. He has also given directions to invoke National Security Act against all the accused involved in the case.

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