Woman says police told her to withdraw charges against UP Minister

A woman, who had accused an UP minister of being involved in her father`s murder, alleged that she was being pressurised by the police to withdraw the allegations against him and was even offered money.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 19:13 PM IST

Aligarh: A woman, who had accused an
Uttar Pradesh minister of being involved in her father`s
murder, on Friday alleged that she was being pressurised by the police
to withdraw the allegations against him and was even offered
money.

"A team of policemen from Shikohabad visited our house on Thursday
and tried to persuade us to withdraw our allegations
against Minister of State in the Department of Irrigation
Jaiveer Singh", Sunita Singh, who had staged protest in front
of Chief Minister Mayawati`s car in Aligarh on February 5 demanding
justice, told reporters.

On August last year, Sunita`s father Rajinder Singh,
an engineer in the state Irrigation Department, was found dead
under mysterious circumstances in Shikohabaad town in
neighbouring Firozabad district. The engineer`s family claimed
that he was killed at the behest of the minister as he had not
succumbed to the demands of some corrupt elements in the
department.

"We flatly refused to succumb to any pressure tactics.
We have also refused an offer of Rs 25 lakh made through some
conduits for retracting our statements", said Sunita, who had
earlier threatened to commit self-immolation in front of
the state assembly building.

Another family member of the engineer said, "We don`t
want a government job which is being offered to us. We just
want justice and the guilty to be punished."

Sunita said that in her letter to the Chief Minister
she had "explicitly mentioned the name of the Minister" who
they alleged was the key conspirator in the murder.

State PWD Minister Nasemuddin Siddiqui, who was asked
to look into the charges by Mayawati, had termed Sunita`s
allegation as "frivolous and a figment of media`s
imagination".

The opposition BJP has demanded a CBI inquiry into the
allegation against the minister.

Police had said that the engineer`s post mortem was
inconclusive. Special Director General of Police Brij Lal had
said that Rajinder`s son Akhilesh Kumar had lodged an FIR in
September at Sikhohabad police station alleging that his
father was killed.

"In that FIR, Akhilesh did not level allegation
against a specific person", he said.

PTI