The FIR was registered at Handia police station against the SP MLA from Israuli constituency of Sultanpur, his brother Brijbhadra Singh and four others charging them with the murder and criminal conspiracy in the shoot out near Bagaha railway crossing under Handia police circle area, police sources said here. The controversial godman, sant Gyaneswar was an accused in the murder of the SP MLA’s father Indrabhadra Singh, who was then an MLA from a constituency in Sultanpur district in late 1990s.
Sources said that a Special Task Force team was to arrive from Lucknow to investigate the incident even as raids were being carried out at various places in the district and outside to nab the alleged assailants.
Gyaneshwar and seven others including his disciples and personal security guards were shot dead by unidentified gunmen last evening while they were on their way from the Sangam to Varanasi, police said.
The assailants, said to be over a dozen in number, riding on two four wheelers overtook Gyaneswar’s vehicle and fired indiscriminately from sophisticated weapons killing him and five others on the spot. Two others succumbed to theirinjuries in the SRN hospital, police said.