The prime accused in Sara Singh murder case, her husband Amanmani Tripathi, is contesting the election as an independent candidate from Maharajgunj district’s Nautanwa town in Uttar Pradesh.
When Amanmani went for a campaign in Nautanwa on 3 February, Seema Singh, mother of Sara Singh, posted a video on YouTube in which she appealed to the public of the town not to vote for Amarmani Tripathi’s son Amanmani. In the video, Seema was seen crying incessantly seeking justice for her daughter’s death.
Amanmani was initially given a ticket by Samajwadi Party to contest the election. However, the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav cancelled his name from the list of candidates. This is when Amanmani decided to stand as an independent candidate.
The history of the case
Amanmani Tripathi is the son of former UP minister Amarmani Tripathi who himself was accused of the murder of one Madhumita Shukla and is now serving a life term. Amanmani was arrested by the CBI in November for allegedly killing Sara, whom he married in 2013 against his family’s wish.
In 2015 the family members of Sara Singh claimed that Amanmani had killed Sara by creating a scene of a road accident. Their allegations were based on the post-mortem report which suggested that Sara’s lungs and chest bones were damaged before she died.
There were also many injury marks on her body which suggested that he had tortured and killed her before making it look like a road accident.
After Seema had demanded a CBI probe from CM Akhilesh Yadav, the matter was referred to the central agency which took over the probe from UP Police.
The video made by Seema Singh
The video that Seema posted went viral on social media. Seema was seen crying and pleading the Nautanwa residents to not vote for Amanmani. She said that it was Amanmani who killed her daughter in Firozabad.
She also claimed that he killed Sara with the help of his father, mother and sisters. She pleaded with everyone to not sympathise with him and his family.
Soon after the video released, it went viral on social media and created a sensation in Nautanwa.
This is not a new incident where people with criminal records have contested in elections and even got elected from their respective constituencies. What is different in this case is that the person in question has not been elected yet.
The Logical Indian requests the people to put pressure on the authorities to conduct a fair probe into the matter. And if found guilty, appropriate action should be taken against the guilty.
It is very difficult in our country to get someone powerful convicted. That is why most of the alleged criminals can stand for elections. Criminals have been actively associated with politics and winning elections despite allegations of murders, rapes, riots and corruption. The fault lies with us too. We elect such people and expect that they will implement laws that will protect us from criminals. Also, until the time that we are not the victims, we don’t understand the pain of someone. We mustn’t elect someone just because they are from our favourite political party or because we know them.
Let us act and start bringing a change in the process of electing our representatives.