UP Minister sacked in police murder case: Magisterial probe ordered

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Lucknow, Jun 8 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Fisheries Jamuna Nishad was today sacked by Chief Minister Mayawati for his alleged involvement in the murder of a police constable in Maharajganj kotwali police station.

Ms Mayawati also ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and announced Rs 24 lakh ex gratia to the family of deceased constable Krishnanand Rai.

The government will also make a fixed deposit of Rs 5 lakh each in the name of two daughters of the policeman. ''If required, a government job would be provided to one of the family members,'' the CM said while addressing a press conference here.

Expressing her anguish over the incident, Ms Mayawati said she had asked Mr Nishad to resign and the resignation letter has been forwarded to Governor T V Rajeswar for his acceptance.

However, giving some sort of relief to the sacked minister, the CM said the accused's arrest was only possible after the magisterial probe. ''How can a person be held without going through the investigation process,'' she underlined.

The minister was summoned to the CM's residence this morning, where Ms Mayawati enquired about the entire incident from him.

Senior police officials were also present when the minister was summoned to the CM's house.

The meeting between the minister and the CM, which lasted around over one hour, decided that the minister should quit as the murder case has been registered against him.

The CM said the case could have been recommened to the CBI, but as most of the cases, including the Shashi murder case involving another ex-BSP minister Anand Sen Yadav, were not taken up by the agency, the government decided to go for the magisterial probe.

Ms Mayawati also ordered a probe into the alleged rape of a Nishad girl, which led to this incident.

This was the second time in the present BSP regime in UP, when a minister was sacked for his involvement in a criminal case.

Last year, Anand Sen, the then minister in the Mayawati ministry, was removed after his name cropped up in Shashi's abduction and murder in Faizabad district.

Ms Mayawati said her government was committed to providing a rule of law in UP and no one would be spared, if found guilty in any crime.

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