Missing girl's parents stage dharna outside Vidhan Bhawan

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Lucknow, Dec 4 (UNI) Even as the Uttar Pradesh government has written to the CBI to take up the Shashi Prasad abduction-cum-murder case, the girl's parents today staged a day-long dharna outside the Vidhan Bhawan here.

The Winter session of the state legislature is in progress.

Yogendra Prasad, his wife and younger daughter today said death penalty for the culprit would only satisfy them. Holding a picture of their daughter, they sat on a dharna from early today.

''We will continue with our protest till the evening...I want the government to understand the plight of the family," Shashi's father said.

With the CBI yet to take up the infamous Shashi murder case for investigation, the Uttar Pradesh government has said it would send another reminder to the central agency in this regard.

On November 7, the state government had recommended a CBI probe in the case and sent a formal letter to it. Later on November 15, a reminder was sent to the CBI, but the central agency had so far not acknowledged the letter.

Besides, efforts had been intensified to arrest another accused in the case, Seema Azad, and police teams had been dispatched to all her possible hideouts.

Shashi, a IIIrd yr law student of Saket Degree College, went missing on October 22 from Faizabad. Changing statements by Vijay, the former chauffeur of ex-UP food processing minister Anand Sen Yadav, had further puzzled the case.

On November 22, investigating officer Sharad Chandra Pandey had submitted an application before the CJM, demanding narco analysis and polygraphy tests on Vijay, who is also said to be the relative of the ex-minister.

During interrogation, Vijay sometimes claimed Shashi committed suicide by jumping into Gomti river in Sultanpur district. At other times, he confessed to have pushed her into the river. On October 31, Vijay had surrendered following charges against him.

On November 6, state minister Anand Sen Yadav had to resign from the Mayawati cabinet, after the victim's father alleged his role in the case.

When the Mayawati cabinet had taken oath of office in May 2007, Anand could not be sworn in as a minister as he was behind bars in a murder case. He took oath at a later date.

His father Mitra Sen Yadav, an MP, was allegedly involved in a case of human trafficking.

UNI

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