Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htnation - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

Vijay Shankar Singh, the prime ac­cused in the killing of Dalit law stu­dent Dilip Saroj in Al­la­habad, was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, po­lice said.

Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Al­la­habad, Akash Kul­hary, said Singh was ar­rested from Sul­tan­pur bus sta­tion. He said Singh told po­lice that he tried to con­tact the con­trol room when Saroj and his friends at­tacked him at the restau­rant on Satur­day night.

“Singh re­ceived in­juries in the as­sault and con­fessed to have at­tacked Dilip in an inebriated state when he found him ly­ing un­con­scious on the stairs of the restau­rant,” he said. Singh was caught on cam­era at­tack­ing Saroj with rods and bricks.

Kul­hary said Singh ap­proached Colonel­ganj po­lice sta­tion with a lawyer to com­plain against the stu­dents but had an ar­gu­ment with the SHO when he re­fused to lodge his com­plaint.

“Singh fled to Faiz­abad when he came to know about Dilip’s death and stayed at a rel­a­tive’s home. He later reached Luc­know and then left for Delhi. He re­turned to Sul­tan­pur and was ar­rested at the bus sta­tion on Wed­nes­day morn­ing,” he said.

Kul­hary said Singh’s role in the mur­der of Sant Gyanesh­war 2006 was also un­der the scan­ner. But his in­volve­ment had not been es­tab­lished.

Po­lice said Saroj and two friends had gone to the restau­rant on Satur­day night and were wait­ing at the stairs af­ter plac­ing their or­der when they al­legedly had an ar­gu­ment with Singh.

“Saroj and his friends at­tacked the trio with chairs af­ter the al­ter­ca­tion. Dur­ing the clash, the stu­dents also hit a waiter Munna Singh Chauhan, who re­tal­i­ated by hit­ting Saroj on his head with a rod. While Saroj’s friends fled, Singh and his aides dragged him out and at­tacked him with rods and bricks,” po­lice said.

Restau­rant owner Amit Upad­hyay took Saroj to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal where he died on Sun­day morn­ing.


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