More than a week before Purvanchal gangster Munna Bajrangi was murdered in a Baghpat jail on Monday, his wife Seema Singh had alleged that the Uttar Pradesh police along with some political leaders and officials were conspiring to get him ‘eliminated’ outside the jail in a ‘fake encounter.’ She had requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to step up her husband’s security.“The officials of the U.P. STF, U.P. police and some influential ‘safedposh’ people are part of the conspiracy. My husband’s life is under threat,” Ms. Singh told journalists at the Lucknow Press Club on June 29.Ms. Singh also said that during his stay at Jhansi jail there had been an attempt to poison him. While on Monday she was not available for comment and Bajrangi’s brother and nephew had their phones switched off, his lawyer Vikas Shrivastava, who was in Baghpat, echoed Ms. Singh’s theory. “It is a planned murder and done by the administration. Some politicians and criminals are behind it,” he alleged.In March 2016, Bajrangi’s brother-in-law Pushpjeet Singh, a lawyer who even pursued his legal cases, along with a friend was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Lucknow. This followed the murder of Bajrangi’s close aide Mohammad Tariq last year. A native of Puredayal village in Jaunpur district, Munna Bajrangi was born into a Thakur family as Prem Prakash Singh. After dropping out in class 5, he soon discovered his fascination for weapons and as per people who knew him, aspired to become a “filmy don.” He was barely 17 when he was arrested for possessing illegal arms. “After he came out of jail, he got involved with a local mafia don called Gajraj Singh and started working for him. On Gajraj’s call, he committed a couple of murders early on [first he murdered a local businessman in Jaunpur followed by the killing of a BJP leader]. He aspired to be a gangster,” said a distant relative of Bajrangi, requesting anonymity.In the 1990s, Bajrangi, who had by then become a notorious figure in Purvanchal with his extortions and murder cases, started working with jailed MLA from Mau and alleged gangster Mukhtar Ansari. In 1998, he even miraculously survived an encounter by the Delhi police.In 2005, he was accused of executing the brutal and sensational murder of former BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai at the behest of Ansari, who is still facing trial in the case. Around 400 bullets were fired at the MLA’s convoy by the assailants armed with AK47 rifles. The murder was allegedly a retaliation in the rivalry between Mr. Ansari and another Purvanchal gangster Brijesh Singh, with whom Rai was associated. The State had then declared a bounty of ₹7 lakh on Bajrangi, who was arrested in Mumbai in 2009. He faced over two dozen criminal cases, including those for murder, attempt to murder, extortion and gangster activities. .Over the years, Bajrangi had also developed political ambition and in 2012, while he was lodged in jail, he contested the Assembly election from Mariyahu seat in Jaunpur as an Apna Dal candidate. Though he lost, he stood third with a respectable 21% vote share. In 2017, his wife Seema Singh contested from the same seat but unsuccessfully.UP ADG Jails, Chandra Prakash, said it was a “big lapse” on the part of the officials that a revolver had been sneaked in. While police are investigating the motive behind the murder, Mr. Prakash said the accused Rathi himself faced several criminal cases, most of them in Uttarakhand. Rathi, himself an alleged gangster, had been shifted to Baghpat jail recently.
India won the toss and elected to bat first against EnglandWelcome to the coverage of Day 1 of the 4th Test between India and England from the Old Trafford Cricket stadium in Manchester.SCORECARD England continued their dominance from the Ageas Bowl to claim honours on the opening day of this fourth Test. Early on, Jimmy and Broad let it rip to bundle out India for a paltry 152. Aaron and Bhuvi got rid of the visitors’ openers early but Ballance and Bell combined well in a steady 77-run association to avert an India-esque collapse. Bell, in particular, was in fine touch, unfurling his favourite back cuts and essaying lovely drives. Ballance was not as pretty as Bell but showed good application before Aaron pinned him lbw off the final over of the day. He hit speeds north of 140kph and hustled the batsmen for pace. Bhuvi got his inswing going while Ashwin failed to make an impact today. Pankaj got more than a few balls to skim past the outside edge but nothing more as lady luck continues to desert him. As it stands, England are just 39 runs in arrears. The hosts will look to bat big and follow the Ageas Bowl script. Can they? Or will India hit back to foil their plan?And, it’s STUMPS ON DAY 1!! With Ian Bell(45) and Chris Jordan(0) at the crease, England are currently at 113/3 after 35 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Aaron!!Chris Jordan comes to the crease for England.34.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Varun Aaron has got Gary Ballance out lbw on a good length delivery. Ballance was looking to press forward but gets struck on the pads in front of the stumps. Gary Ballance departs after scoring 37 runs off 87 balls with six boundaries. BIG WICKET for India!! advertisementWith Ian Bell(37) and Gary Ballance(31) at the crease, England are currently at 96/2 after 27 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!26.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell goes on the frontfoot and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary. CLASSY SHOT from Bell!! With Ian Bell(4) and Gary Ballance(9) at the crease, England are currently at 40/2 after 15 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. Bell gets off the mark IN STYLE!!Ian Bell comes to the crease for England.13.1 overs: OUT!! Varun Aaron has got Alastair Cook out caught at deep backward square. Cook goes for the pull and sends it straight down the throat of Pankaj Singh who takes it confortably. Alastair Cook departs after scoring 17 runs off 42 balls with two boundaries. BIG WICKET for India!! With Alastair Cook(16) and Gary Ballance(3) at the crease, England are currently at 26/1 after 10 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Bhuvi!!Gary Ballance comes to the crease for England.That was an ABSOLUTE SCORCHER OF A DELIVERY by Bhuvi!!8.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled Sam Robson on a spectacular inswinger. Robson gets into position and decides to leave it but the ball nips back in sharply to clip the off-stump. Sam Robson departs after scoring six runs off 24 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for England!! With Alastair Cook(10) and Sam Robson(5) at the crease, England are currently at 15/0 after 5 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!1.3 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook leans into the drive and sends it straight down the ground for a boundary.Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.ONE RUN off the over!!Alastair Cook and Sam Robson are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India.First time England had a taste of the spin quartet – Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan. The spinners shared 19 wickets between them and restricted the hosts to 298 and 203 but still went onto lose the game by 132 runs. The Indian batsmen were bowled out for 92 and 277, none of the batters made a significant contribution as only Ajit Wadekar scored 70 in the second innings.Though Woakes leaked some runs, Jordan, getting the nod ahead of Finn, hit the right lines and lengths in addition to generating steep bounce. Over to Cook and Robson now after the tea break. In the meantime, help yourself to part 19 of our description of India-England Tests in England.And that’s Tea as well. India have lost their 15th session in a row. Jimmy and Broad demonstrated a masterclass on swing and seam but they were helped by the India’s poor application. India’s innings was akin to lemmings off the cliff, committing suicide. Dhoni played the solo act, scoring a fighting fifty. He received decent support from Ashwin before the latter holed out to deep square leg. Then, Dhoni himself perished in pursuit of quick runs with the tail. advertisementThat’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Broad!!Bhuvneshwar Kumar, by popular choice India’s most successful batsmen in the series, comes to the crease.40.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Ravichandran Ashwin out caught at deep square leg. Ashwin goes for the pull and sends it straight down the throat of Sam Robson who completes a regulation catch. Ravichandran Ashwin departs after scoring 40 runs off 42 balls with three boundaries and a six. BRILLIANT INNINGS from Ashwin!! With Ravichandran Ashwin(40) and MS Dhoni(49) at the crease, India are currently at 129/6 after 40 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!39.3 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut past point for a boundary. With Ravichandran Ashwin(35) and MS Dhoni(43) at the crease, India are currently at 117/6 after 36 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!35.4 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni leans into the drive and sends it racing through mid-off for a boundary.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!34.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni slashes hard and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. FRUSTRATION for Anderson!! With Ravichandran Ashwin(24) and MS Dhoni(38) at the crease, India are currently at 101/6 after 34 overs.Ashwin playing Dhoni’s innings & Dhoni playing Pujara’s innings #IndvsEng #StrikeRate Yokesh (@ImYokEsH) August 7, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!!33.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni rocks back and works it towards backward square for a boundary. MSD KEEPS THEM COMING for India!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!32.5 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin had no clue about that one as the ball takes an outside edge past gully for a boundary. LUCKY-ESCAPE for Ashwin!! With Ravichandran Ashwin(16) and MS Dhoni(33) at the crease, India are currently at 88/6 after 31 overs.Jimmy shoved Jadeja off his home turf. And did it without laying a finger on him. Well, Tucker’s finger only. #IndvsEng #TheBigTest Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) August 7, 2014SEVEN RUNS off the over!!30.3 overs: SIX!! Ravichandran Ashwin goes hard at it and gets a top-edge over long leg for the maximum. Ashwin keeps the scoreboard TICKING!! With Ravichandran Ashwin(9) and MS Dhoni(33) at the crease, India are currently at 80/6 after 29 overs.Almost a repeat of 74…thankfully we crossed 42…huhhh #IndvsEng Paresh Joshi (@PareshJoshi14) August 7, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!28.1 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin waits for it and carves it over point for a boundary.NINE RUNS off the over!!27.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni rocks back and hammers it through backward point for another boundary. MSD is PLAYING A T20 here!!27.4 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni reaches out and crashes it past gully for a boundary. With Ravichandran Ashwin(3) and MS Dhoni(25) at the crease, India are currently at 66/6 after 27 overs.Seems our team India has got an ad for Duck Farm.. or Had to many eggs in breakfast. #IndvsEng Mohammed Arif Khan (@mdarifkhan87) August 7, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!!Ravichandran Ashwin comes to the crease for India.advertisementJames Anderson is ON FIRE here!!26.3 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Ravindra Jadeja out lbw on an inswinging delivery. Jadeja was looking to work it towards the on-side but gets struck on the pads right in front of the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja departs without scoring. Another GOLDEN DUCK for India!! James Anderson will bowl from the other end for England.With Ravindra Jadeja(0) and MS Dhoni(25) at the crease, India are currently at 63/5 after 26 overs.That’s a MAIDEN for Jordan!! MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja are out in the middle for India while Chris Jordan will start the proceedings for England.Woke up to a horrendous score line for India… Cannot believe it was worse than what it looks now. #EngvInd #IndvsEng #cricket Parth Taneja (@ItsParthTaneja) August 7, 2014And, we’re back!! LUNCH: A belter of a session for England and an equally humiliating one for India. England got off to a dream start after taking four Indian wickets for a mere eight runs. Gautam Gambhir, who was in the spotlight for his highly-anticipated return, was at the crease for just seven balls. James Anderson was the baton bearer for England as his ferocious swing took out Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli in one over. Kohli has now been dismissed by Anderson three times in the series for a mere two runs. India were desperate for someone to stabilize the innings and Cheteshwar Pujara looked like a suitable candidate. But, not for long as Stuart Broad sent the Indian right-hander packing for a golden duck. MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane tried to repair the innings with some counter-attacking strokes. But, Chris Jordan scalped Rahane right before lunch to unsettle the Indian innings. With the looks of it, England will be eager to get over with it but, the question remains as to how long the Indian tail manages to wag along. #IndvsEng #IndvsEndLive Pitch has got uneven bounce, we might see Ashwin and Jadeja Spin It, to Win It for India on Day 5 !! @BCCI Shashankraj Kodesia (@shashankrajau) August 7, 2014With Ravindra Jadeja(0) and MS Dhoni(25) at the crease, India are currently at 63/5 after 25 overs.Lunch!! 14th consecutive session won by England #indvseng Tarun Gamechanger (@tarun_0707) August 7, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Jordan!! Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease for India.The last 3 times England have had a team 4 down for less than 25 on day 1, they have lost the Test! #EngvInd #bcci #IndvsEng #cricket Ahmed Bilal (@Ahmedbilal88) August 7, 2014Chris Jordan JOINS THE PARTY for England!!23.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Ajinkya Rahane out caught at second slip. Rahane was looking to drive but gets an outside edge towards Ian Bell who takes it comfortably. Ajinkya Rahane departs after scoring 24 runs off 52 balls with three boundaries. Another BLOW for India!! With Ajinkya Rahane(24) and MS Dhoni(24) at the crease, India are currently at 57/4 after 22 overs.Some of these Outswingers from Jimmy Anderson are turning as much as Shane Warne’s Leg break.. #IndvsEng Subodh Srivastava (@subodh2056) August 7, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!21.5 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane reaches out and slices it past gully for a boundary. With Ajinkya Rahane(20) and MS Dhoni(24) at the crease, India are currently at 52/4 after 19 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!18.5 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane gets on the frontfoot and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary. Rahane is BATTING PATIENTLY here!! With Ajinkya Rahane(13) and MS Dhoni(22) at the crease, India are currently at 43/4 after 17 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!16.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni gets forward and steers it past the slip cordon for a boundary. With Ajinkya Rahane(10) and MS Dhoni(18) at the crease, India are currently at 36/4 after 16 overs.Just when people were thinking of Gambhir getting out for just 4, Vijay, Pujara & Kohli made it respectable by going for duck! #IndvsEng JITS (@jitendra87) August 7, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!15.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni leans forward and smokes it through covers for a blazing boundary. MSD is PLAYING WITH FIRE here!! With Ajinkya Rahane(8) and MS Dhoni(14) at the crease, India are currently at 30/4 after 14 overs.This kind of scoreline will only ensure that this test match produces a result. This, is the decider! #IndvsEng VS. (@whackbhav) August 7, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!13.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni slashes hard and sends it over third slip for a boundary. EXTRA BOUNCE surprised MSD there!!FIRST CHANGE, Chris Woakes comes into the attack for England. With Ajinkya Rahane(7) and MS Dhoni(8) at the crease, India are currently at 23/4 after 12 overs.Now only Srinivasan can save India … #IndvsEng The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) August 7, 201410.4 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni gets forward and punches it past mid-off for a boundary. India need a SPECIAL INNINGS from MSD!!8.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni waits for it and sends it past gully for a boundary.FOUR RUNS off the over!!7.3 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through mid-off for the first boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Rahane!!Another WICKET MAIDEN from Broad!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease amid DISASTROUS START for India!!That’s the THIRD DUCK from the Indian batsmen in first six overs of play!!5.1 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Cheteshwar Pujara out caught in the slip cordon. Pujara was looking to run it down towards third man but Chris Jordan pulls off a blinder to sends him back into the hut. Cheteshwar Pujara departs without troubling the scorecard.Looks like Anushka’s lip job has #ViratKohli fending to slips #IndvsEng #Cricket CSRamachandran (@csramachandran) August 7, 2014That’s a wicket maiden or should I say DOUBLE WICKET MAIDEN for Anderson!!Ajinkya Rahane comes to the crease for India.James Anderson is BREATHING FIRE as the Old Trafford crowd COMES TO LIFE!!4.4 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Virat Kohli out caught at first slip. Kohli plays the outswinger only to produce an outside edge towards Alastair Cook for a simple catch. Virat Kohli departs for a duck. This is ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS from India!!Virat Kohli comes to the crease for India.4.2 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Murali Vijay out caught at first slip. Vijay was forced into the drive and gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook who doesn’t drop those. Murali Vijay departs for a golden duck. Another BLOW for India!!That’a a WICKET MAIDEN for Broad!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.Gambhir FAILS TO LIVE UP to his highly anticipated return!!3.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at gully. Gambhir pokes at the length ball and sends it straight down the throat of Joe Root for a simple catch. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring just four runs off seven balls. EARLY BLOW for India!!EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.Anderson starts off with a MAIDEN!!Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England. Toss: India won the toss and elected to bat first against England.Changes: India have made three changes with Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh