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continued from page 1, Blasts, firing inside Faizabad court

As Monu came under attack, his gunners are said to have returned fire, shooting dead one of the attackers, Sahil, Sengar said. Police said that Sahil hailed from Nepal. Sengar said that the second attacker, Jayendra, was arrested and three live bombs were recovered from his possession.
Along with Monu, his lawyer Rishi Dev and four others were also injured, police said, adding that they were rushed to Lucknow for treatment. Monu had contested 2012 Assembly polls as a Peace Party candidate. The officer said that a case has been registered against Vinod Kumar Singh, a minister in the previous BSP government, along with Kamla Devi, Jayendra and seven to eight unidentified persons. ‘There are 19 cases against Monu, who is also a history- sheeter,’ Sengar said, adding that the attack could be the result of an old enmity.

‘In 1999, Sant Gyaneshwar allegedly got Monu’s father killed and later, in 2006, Monu and his brother Chandrabhadra Singh alias Sonu allegedly got Sant Gyaneshwar murdered,’ he said. It was to avenge the killing of Sant Gyaneshwar that Sahil and Jayendra attacked Monu today, he suggested. Secretary (home) Kamal Saxena said it had to be probed as to how bombs and weapons were taken inside the court complex despite the tight security there. Action would be taken after getting a detailed report from the district administration, he added. Saxena said that ADG (law and order) Mukul Goel and the Commissioner Faizabad and the DIG (range) have reached the spot.
The IG said that one-and-a-half sections of PAC, two sub- inspectors, eight constables and 15 home guard jawans were deployed for providing security on the court premises. ‘We have arrested a person who was involved in the attack... Preliminary investigation suggests that this attack may be related to the Sant Gyaneshwar murder case’.
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