Main accused Madhukar surrendered in Delhi, claimed his lawyer

More than 120 people were killed in a religious gathering in UP's Hathras on Tuesday.

New Delhi:

Dev Prakash Madhukar, the main accused in the July 2 Hathras stampede, has been taken into custody by the Uttar Pradesh Police after he surrendered in Delhi, his lawyer claimed on Friday night.

Madhukar, the 'chief sevadar' of the 'Satsang' Jahan Bhagdar Machi, is the only accused named in the FIR registered at Secunder Rao police station in Hathras in connection with the incident.

In a video message, Madhukar's lawyer AP Singh claimed that his client had surrendered in Delhi, where he is undergoing treatment.

Mr. Singh said, “Today, we have surrendered Dev Prakash Madhukar, who was named as the mastermind in the FIR in the Hathras case, after calling the police, SIT and STF in Delhi as he is here. were under treatment.”

“We promised that we will not apply for anticipatory bail as we have not done anything wrong. What is our crime? He is an engineer and a heart patient. Doctors said his condition is now stable and So we have surrendered today to join the investigation.” said the lawyer.

Mr. Singh said the police can now record his statement or question him but must take into account his health condition and ensure that “nothing has gone wrong with him. “.

Recently, a Supreme Court lawyer claimed to represent Surajpal alias Narayansakar Hari alias Bhole Baba, the self-styled deity whose 'satsang' was stampeded.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who would inform about Madhukar's arrest.

As of Thursday, six people had been arrested in the case, including two women volunteers who were members of the organizing committee of Bhole Baba's 'Sat Sang'.

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