Ballia shooting accused Direndra Singh arrested; wanted to surrender, says STF

Dhirendra Singh, the main accused in the Ballia shooting case, was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday. A team of UP Special Task Force (STF) team arrested Singh near Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow. Two other accused — Santosh Yadav and Marajeet Yadav — were also arrested. So far, 10 people have been arrested in the shooting case.

On Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh Police said that those accused in the killing of a 46-year-old man in UP’s Ballia will be charged under the National Security Act and the Gangster Act.

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Under the NSA, one can be detained without a charge for up to 12 months if the authorities are satisfied that the person is a threat to national security or law and order.

Under Section 14 of the Gangsters Act, a district magistrate can order attachment of a property, whether movable or immovable, if there is reason to believe that it has been acquired by a gangster as commission for an offence triable under this law.

A police official said that arms were also recovered from the possession of Dhirendra Singh’s accomplices, Santosh Yadav and Marajeet Yadav.

News agency ANI quoted IG STF Amitabh Yash as saying: “Dhirendra Singh and his accomplices were arrested from Lucknow today. They’re being questioned at an undisclosed location. Arms recovered from the possession of his accomplices. the STF is gathering more information on the weapons used at the time of the incident.”

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