| Satish Dubey. Telegraph picture |
The trouble for the Valmiki Nagar BJP candidate, Satish Dubey, has deepened with intelligence officers accusing him of being involved in illegal trans-border activities, including narcotics deal.
The intelligence wing of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) deployed on the porous Nepal border has sent a detailed report to its Delhi headquarters. It mentions Dubey’s name on a list of six outlaws operating on the border and playing an active role in the smuggling of narcotics, including charas and marijuana.
The report, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, revealed that Brij Singh, Prabhakar Yadav, Divendra Bharti, Ramji Yadav, Indrajit Yadav and Satish Dubey were members of the syndicate, which has its control over the smuggling of narcotics and illegal firearms in the region. The report has been sent by the joint area organiser of the force posted at Narkatiaganj in West Champaran.
Giving details of criminal antecedents, Divendra Bharti was associated with former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, Prabhakar has close links with the Gorakh Thakur group. Brij, a former homeguard personnel, was a member of the notorious Bhagar Yadav gang. Both Ramji Yadav and Indrajit Yadav were sharp shooters and involved in arms deals.
Dubey, a native of Harsahi village under the jurisdiction of the Sikarpur police station in West Champaran district, is a three-term MLA from Narkatiaganj. Earlier, the controversial lawmaker was chargesheeted in a bank robbery case of 1999. He is also facing the charges of murder, kidnapping and attempt to murder.
Dubey, however, denied the charges and claimed that such a canard was being spread against him by Dilip Verma. Verma, an Independent MLA from Sikta, wanted to get a BJP ticket for the Lok Sabha seat. “But that did not happen and I was allotted the party symbol,” he added.
Referring to the SSB’s report, Dubey said: “I have never been questioned by the SSB on a narcotics racket going around the border.” Dubey claimed that he had not hidden any information about the criminal cases pending against him. “I have given detailed information about the cases pending against me to the Election Commission. Why should I hide any information when I am not involved?” he asked.
Even senior BJP leaders denied the charges levelled against Dubey. “I have no information about any criminal case against Dubey. His name is being dragged into a controversy without any reason. Moreover, it does not warrant the party’s attention,” said former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.