‘UP govt will cooperate fully in DSP murder probe’



Pratapgarh: UP government will fully cooperate with the investigation into the killing of a police officer and village head in Kunda in the district for which it has recommended a CBI probe, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said Wednesday.

Visiting the family of the slain village head Nanhe Yadav, he described the killings as "very tragic" and said "things would be clear only after completion of the CBI inquiry".

UP Police had yesterday virtually ruled out immediate arrest of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya booked in the murder of DSP Zia-ul-Haq and said it needs to be established first who committed the crime before the conspiracy angle can be probed.

The police also said that the post-mortem report of the DSP, Circle Officer of Kunda in Pratapgarh district from where Raja Bhaiya is a five-time Independent MLA, has shown only one bullet injury and the bullet is untraceable.

"Action would be taken against those policemen who fled away from the scene....Those who showed weakness.Action would be taken against those found guilty," the Chief Minister told reporters here.

He said all demands made by the wife of the DSP Parveen Azad with regard to the investigation have been accepted by the state government.

"The demand for a CBI inquiry was accepted without any delay. We have also given a compensation of Rs 20 lakhs each to the families of the two victims. We have assured the families that the government is with them. Government will fully cooperate with the investigation," Yadav said.

On Raja Bhaiya being booked in the case, UP Minister Azam Khan, who accompanied the Chief Minister, said, "I am not the one to decide. I am not the court. I had stated in the state Assembly that it was for the court of law to decide about who is guilty."

ADG(Law and Order) Arun Kumar had said yesterday that the state government has sent a letter to the Centre in connection with the CBI inquiry into the Pratapgarh incident.

44-year-old Raja Bhaiya, who has been booked under Section 120B IPC(criminal conspiracy), on Monday resigned from the state Cabinet.

Asked about protests by local people, the Chief Minister said, "Those who want to do politics on the incident and want to take it in another direction and give it a different colour will indulge in sloganeering.

"No one should indulge in politics over the incident," he said.

Khan, who is Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said, "It's an unfortunate incident, but the prompt and stern action taken after it is an example in itself".

On a question whether Raja Bhaiya would be arrested Khan said, "Wait for a while".

On the demand for a second post-mortem of the slain DSP by his wife, Khan said, "The post-mortem has been conducted by doctors. If any wrong has been done in that, they will be punished".

Rajya Bhaiya has been named in one of the FIRs following a complaint by the slain officer's wife Parveen Azad.

Two persons including Raja Bhaiya's supporter Guddu Singh have already been arrested after lodging of four FIRs.

Raja Bhaiya, who has a criminal record and has been sent to jail before, has claimed that he is being framed by his political opponents and welcomed the CBI probe. A former Jails minister, he also claimed that Guddu Singh was in Lucknow during the mob violence.

Zia was killed by a mob in Pratapgarh when he had rushed there during the course of his duty after a village head was shot dead over a land dispute.

PTI