Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police has detained
four persons in connection with the murder of chief medical
officer of family welfare department B P Singh last month and
and seized weapons suspected to have used in the shooting.
"During investigation police and other agencies had
narrowed down on some gangs which might have connection with
the criminals, who eliminated CMO Singh," Director General of
Police Karamveer Singh told reporters.
He said that on the basis of investigation, four
persons, including Shachindra Singh-- a native of Gorakhpur,
were detained on Tuesday night.
"On the basis of Shachindra`s interrogation, two 7.65
pistols and cartridges have been recovered from Gomti Nagar
area in Lucknow," the DGP said.
He said that the detained criminals revealed that
Animesh Lala, Ashutosh Shukla, Tabrez, Sanjay Singh alias
Pintu and Varun Singh were the other gang members.
"This gang is mainly into fire-arms and has close
association with a number of other criminal gangs," Singh
He said that Shachindra told the police that in second
week of March, Sudhakar Pandey contacted Animesh Lala and
asked him to arrange a weapon which he said would be used to
execute a major crime in Lucknow.
"Shachindra said that Ashutosh provided him two 7.65
pistols and cartridges, which he kept in Lucknow and were
recovered today," the DGP said.
Sudhakar Pandey is suspected to be the main shooter in
Singh`s murder and the state government has announced a cash
reward on his head.
The DGP said that to ascertain that the weapons
recovered today were used in the CMO murder it would be send
to forensic science laboratory for testing.
"As the dimension of the case is very vast involving
several districts, problems are being faced in collecting
evidence. Our effort is to identify the shooter associated
with the murder," he said.
He said that during investigation a number of criminal
groups have come to light which may be linked to the case.
UP Police had earlier said that a large number of
irregularities in implementation of the National Rural Health
Mission had been detected in the Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare
Department during investigation into the murder.
The Congress and other opposition parties had demanded
a CBI inquiry into the case.