18 May, 2011, 06.43AM IST, Man Mohan Rai,ET Bureau
BSP legislator Anand Sen gets life sentence for Dalit's murder
LUCKNOW: In yet another instance of ignominy to the Mayawati
government in Uttar Pradesh , Bahujan Samaj Party legislator Anand Sen
and two of his associates have been sentenced to life imprisonment by
a Faizabad court for the murder of a 24-year-old pregnant Dalit.
He is the second ruling party MLA to be convicted and sentenced to
life imprisonment this month. On May 6, BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari was
found guilty of murdering PWD engineer Manoj Kumar Gupta, for refusing
to pay money for Mayawati's birthday celebrations, and was given life
sentence by an additional sessions judge.
The Milkipur MLA Anand Sen, who was a minister in the Mayawati
government, was charged with plotting the murder of law student Shashi
Prasad in October 2007. The victim's father, who is also a BSP worker,
had accused Anand Sen of kidnapping and murdering his daughter. After
killing the woman, who was pregnant, her body was dumped into the
Gomti river, from where her wrist watch was recovered later.
The ruling party welcomed the court order and said the verdict had
been possible due to effective steps taken by the state government.
"We welcome the court's decision to award life sentence to former
minister Anand Sen and two others. Sen was immediately sacked from his
ministerial post as soon as his name cropped up in the murder case", a
party release issued here said.
Contrary to other political parties, BSP was the only party, which
immediately took action against those found involved in criminal
activities, it said. "In earlier governments in the state, the
criminals were shielded but it was not done in the BSP regime", it
With two of its MLAs sentenced to life imprisonment for murder within
a fortnight, the BSP government's image has taken a beating. With
elections to the state barely a year away, the Mayawati government is
trying hard to manage the crisis.
The BSP government had come to power promising better law and order.
With its own leaders thrown behind bars, BSP has been pushed to the
wall by opposition parties, who have highlighted the cases.
In January, BSP MLA Purushottam Diwedi was arrested by the police for
raping a minor in Banda. The case is still on. Half a dozen elected
leaders of BSP have gone behind bars since the party came to power in
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