Suicide bid outside SC: Retired UP cop Amitabh Thakur arrested

Suicide bid outside SC: Retired UP cop Amitabh Thakur arrested

Lucknow: Former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur has been arrested for allegedly conspiring with BSP MP Atul Rai to spread false information on social media regarding a rape case filed against Rai by a woman. The woman set herself ablaze outside Supreme Court last week and succumbed to injuries.

The 24-year-old woman and her friend, who had set herself ablaze outside the Supreme Court last week, succumbed to burn injuries. 

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The woman, a student in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district, had come to Delhi with her friend on August 16. Before setting themselves on fire the same day, in the Facebook Live video, the woman said she had lodged a rape case against BSP MP Atul Rai. She alleged that senior IPS officers and a judge from Uttar Pradesh were “part of a nexus”, as per Indian Express.

Thakur's arrest comes after he announced he would float a new political party soon ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The proposed name of his new outfit is 'Adhikar Sena', he said and requested his supporters to suggest more names along with purpose, mission and structure of the party.