The son of famous Urdu poet Munawwar Rana was arrested by Rae Bareli police on Wednesday evening for allegedly having staged a shootout against himself in June in order to frame his uncle and cousin.
Munawwar Rana’s son Tabrez Rana was arrested from his house in Lal Kuan in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow. He reportedly tried to flee when the police approached him.
The court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him. He is now being brought to Rae Bareli with a large police convoy.
Towards the end of June, Tabrez Rana claimed to have survived a murder attempt on Lucknow-Prayagraj highway. He said four bikers shot at his SUV. He lodged a complaint at the Rae Bareli police station and named his uncle and cousin as the accused.
According to the police, Tabrez Rana has now been spotted in CCTV footage with his alleged shooters. The Uttar Pradesh police also found several discrepancies in Rana’s claims on scrutinising the footage from the area on the day of the alleged shooting, police had said.
Apart from incriminating CCTV footage, interrogation of the four gunmen who were arrested in the first week of July has also led the police to believe that the shootout was staged.
The police moved the court seeking a warrant to arrest Tabrez Rana. They arrested him on Wednesday.
WHY WOULD HE STAGE A SHOOTOUT?
According to the police, Tabrez Rana had had a dispute with his uncle over an ancestral property which he had sold in February 2021.
Along with his accomplices, he faked the attack on himself with the hope of then filing a case against his uncle that would force him not to object to the sale of the property in which he had a share, a police official said.