Brij Bhushan Singh’s son’s convoy vehicle runs over two people in Gonda 

In the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP denied a ticket to sitting MP Brij Bhushan Singh and instead allocated the ticket to his son, Karan Bhushan Singh

Updated - May 29, 2024 11:16 pm IST

Published - May 29, 2024 01:26 pm IST - LUCKNOW

At least two people died after a vehicle in the convoy of BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s son, Karan Bhushan Singh, ran over them on May 29, 2024.

At least two people died after a vehicle in the convoy of BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s son, Karan Bhushan Singh, ran over them on May 29, 2024. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Two young cousins were killed and one older woman injured on Wednesday after a vehicle in the convoy of the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Kaiserganj, Karan Bhushan Singh, hit them on the Colonelganj-Huzoorpur road in Gonda district. It is not known whether Mr. Singh — son of the sitting MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who faces charges of sexual assault — was in the vehicle or the convoy at the time or not.

The convoy, which comprised four SUVs, was passing near a school in Karnalganj when the incident took place. According to Kernalganj police station officer Nirbhay Narayan Singh, three of the vehicles had passed through a railway crossing, while the fourth was left behind as a train went by. The driver of the fourth vehicle then allegedly speeded up to catch up with the rest of the convoy, and collided with a motorcycle being ridden by Rehan Khan, 19, and his cousin Shehzad Khan, 24. A nearby pedestrian Sita Devi, 60, was also injured in the collision and admitted to a local hospital.

No accused named in FIR

The local police seized the SUV and arrested its driver Lavkush Srivastava. A case has been registered under Sections 279 (driving or riding a vehicle negligently, thereby endangering human life), 304-A (the death of any person by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide) and 427 (commits mischief and thereby causes loss or damage to the amount of ₹50) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, the First Information Report does not mention any name or person as accused. 

The bodies of the cousins were also taken into police custody for a postmortem. The Hindu reached out to the Superintendent of Police (SP) Gonda and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Colonelganj for further details, but did not receive any response.

Lakhmipur comparisons

The Opposition targeted the BJP over the incident, describing it as ‘Lakhimpur Part 2’. In October 2021, Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son was accused of being part of a convoy that ran over protesting farmers.

“Lakhimpur Part-2 in Gonda. A car from the convoy of BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s son and MP candidate Karan Bhushan Sharan Singh crushed three people, in which two died and one is fighting a battle for life,” said a post on X by the U.P. Congress. “The BJP leaders are so obsessed with power that they treat the common people like insects. Three years ago, in Lakhimpur, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni in the BJP government trampled the farmers to death and now the son of Kaiserganj MP Brij Bhushan. The BJP government will now make every effort to save its leaders,” it added.

The BJP had refused a ticket for the 2024 election to its sitting MP Mr. Brij Bhushan Singh, a former president of the Wrestling Federation of India who has been accused of sexual assualt by some of India’s top women wrestlers. Instead, the ruling party nominated his younger son as its nominee for the Kaiserganj parliamentary constituency. The junior Mr. Singh is a national player in double trap shooting. He holds an LLB degree, along with a diploma in business management from Australia. His elder brother, Prateek Bhushan Singh, represents the Gonda Sadar Assembly constituency as an MLA in the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.

(With PTI inputs)

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