UP sends CBI reminder on Shashi abduction case

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Lucknow, Nov 15 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today sent a reminder to the Centre asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to begin a probe into the Shashi Prasad abduction case in which a ruling BSP MLA is an accused.

Secretary (Home) Javeed Ahmed confirmed here that a reminder was sent today.

A law student, Shashi Prasad of Faizabad, went missing on October 22. Vijaysen Yadav, a driver of former UP minister and BSP MLA Anandsen Yadav told police that he had murdered the girl and disposed of her body in the river Gomti near Sultanpur. He later changed his statement and claimed that the girl committed suicide by jumping in the river.

After the girl's father alleged the involvement of the BSP lesder, Chief Minister Mayawati -- in a bid to avoid a political backlash -- made him resign from her council of ministers on November 6. The same evening, she recommended a CBI probe.

While on the one hand, state officials are awaiting a nod from the central investigating agency in the case, the CBI confirmed that they were yet to recieve any such recommendation. The state home department had sent a recommendation for a CBI probe on November 7.

Reports also suggested that the minister allegedly had a relationship with the LLB third year student, who was aspiring to enter politics.

As per rules, a reminder can be sent after two weeks. Meanwhile, CBI sources at the headquarters in New Delhi expressed their ignorance of any recommendation from the UP government to take up the case.

The investigations by the UP police have hit a roadblock as they have failed to recover the body of Shashi. Several teams were sent to fish out the body from the river, but no result was achieved.

The main accused Vijaysen Yadav is under judicial custody after police interrogated him but the state investigating agency did not interrogate the minister nor any of this close associate in the case so far.


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