KANPUR: The police are all set to declare a reward of Rs 50,000 on the absconding nephew of the former Congress minister of state in connection with the anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur.
In the riots in 1984, five people were murdered in Nirala Nagar area of the city. As per the investigators, the crime was allegedly carried out by Raghavendra Kushwaha, nephew of former Congress minister of the state Shivnath Singh Kushwaha in connivance with the locals of the area. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is conducting fresh investigation, had made the minister’s nephew an accused in the case. As Raghvendra has been eluding his arrest, the SIT is now preparing to announce a reward of Rs 50,000 on him. After that the police will start the attachment process.
The SIT sources, meanwhile, said that the former Congress minister’s nephew had played a major role in instigating the mob. “Raghavendra used to operate buses. During the riots, he had brought hundreds of people from rural areas to various pockets of Kanpur including Nirala Nagar in his buses. People brought by him indulged in riots by killing, looting and arson. Raghavendra had mainly led the rioters into the killing of five Sikh men in Nirala Nagar,” informed the SIT sources, adding, “The hearing on the anticipatory bail of Raghvendra is likely to take place soon.” “Now, preparations are being made to announce a reward of Rs 50,000 on Kushwaha. After that the formalities regarding the attachment will be carried out,” said DIG SIT Balendu Bhushan.