Pratapgarh (UP), Jan 29: Police today claimed that the skeleton recovered from the house of jailed independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya belonged to one Santosh Misra allegedly killed by the legislator`s henchmen.
The skeleton was recovered from the pond in the MLA`s Beti Palace in Kunda yesterday, they said.
The skeleton was fished out on the basis of information provided by three jailed accomplices of Raja Bhaiya, charged under Pota by the Mayawati government, triggering a wave of protests from parties, including BJP and Samajwadi Party.
Police said the skeleton belonged to Misra who was allegedly murdered by Raja Bhaiyya and his 11 accomplices about two years ago.
The victim`s widow, Vineeta Misra, had lodged a FIR in this regard last week and the three accused persons were arrested on Monday, they said.
Vineeta said in her complaint that she along with her husband were going on a scooter when Raja Bhaiyya`s car while trying to overtake, hit the two-wheeler. Irked by this, Misra was allegedly picked up and taken to the Beti Palace in the car where he was beaten to death and the body buried near the
pond, police said.