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Former bandit Seema Parihar sentenced to 4 years imprisonment in 1994 kidnapping case | Lucknow News

A local court in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya on Wednesday sentenced former bandit Seema Parihar and three others to four years imprisonment in a kidnapping case lodged three decades ago in the district.

This is the first case in which Seema Parihar, 55, has been held guilty.

The court had held Seema Parihar, Ram Kishan alias Kishana, Chotte Singh, and Anirudh —all in the 55 to 60 years age group and residents of Auraiya — guilty on Tuesday, after which they were taken into custody. The four accused, including Seema Parihar, were out on bail.

“On Wednesday, Seema Parihar and other accused were brought to the court from jail in a tight security. The court sentenced them to four years imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on them,” said Abhishek Mishra, District Government Counsel, Auraiya.

They were held guilty under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent to convey out of India or secretly confine person).

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Defence Counsel Kuldeep Dubey said Seema Parihar has been acquitted in 16 cases, and currently, only one case related to attempted murder is pending against her. “We would file an appeal against today’s judgment in the High Court,” said Dubey.

According to the prosecution, the case against Seema Parihar and the three others was lodged on March 20, 1994, at Kotwali police station in Auraiya, which was then under the Etawah district. The case was lodged by Sri Krishna Tripathi, a native of village Gadiya Bakshiram village, who alleged that the accused had kidnapped his younger brother Pramod Tripathi (then 25 years old), a day before when he was working in the field.

The case was lodged against nine people, including gang leader Lalaram Singh and Seema Parihar. It was suspected that Pramod was abducted for ransom but after a few days, he escaped from the gang’s clutches. The police investigated the case and filed a chargesheet against the accused.

Seema Parihar, once a member of the dreaded Lalaram Singh gang, surrendered before the UP Police in June 2000 after Singh was killed in a police encounter. After spending a few years in jail, she was granted bail. After getting bail, Parihar lived in Auraiya with her son.

She later acted in a Hindi film, participated in an Indian reality show, and attempted a career in politics, which did not succeed.

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