Prime witness in Nitish Katara case was not poisoned: police


Ghaziabad : Ajay Katara, a key witness in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, was released from a city hospital Thursday a day after he was admitted with suspected poisoning. However, police said he was not poisoned at all.

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“According to doctors’ report, he (Ajay) was not poisoned as they didn’t find any poisonous substance from his body. He might have fallen ill due to food poisoning,” Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Ratan told IANS.

The 35-year-old witness, having no relation with Nitish, was released in the evening. He was admitted to the Shyam Lal Panna Lal Hospital in Ambedkar Nagar area Wednesday following stomach pain.

According to Ajay, two unknown people approached him Wednesday evening and claimed that his estranged wife had sent them to fix a meeting between two of them in a nearby place.

“I followed them and then we halted near a food joint, where we had cold drinks and snacks. We waited there for her for some time but returned to our place, after she (his wife) failed to turn up,” Ajay told the police.

According to police, the couple was living separately for two years after Ajay’s wife charged him with making dowry demands.

Ratan said that after returning home, Ajay developed severe pain in his stomach and later called up his friends, who rushed him to the hospital.

“We haven’t registered his statement yet and are ready to register a case under the Indian Penal Code, if he lodges any formal complaint,” Ratan said.

However, Ajay alleged that it was an attempt to kill him by those who had murdered Nitish Katara.

Ajay is said to be the person who had last seen Nitish Katara alive before he was murdered in February 2002 allegedly by Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav’s son Vikas and his nephew Vishal Yadav.