UP police give clean chit to sacked minister

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Lucknow, Jun 9 (UNI) Giving a clean chit to sacked Uttar Pradesh minister Jamuna Nishad, the state police today claimed that there was no prima-facie evidence against him in the killing of the police constable inside the Maharajganj Kotwali on June 7.

However, in a significant turn of events, the new medical board set up on the direction of chief minister Mayawati has now given its medical report that the Nishad girl was raped. Earlier, the medical report was negative about the molestation.

Sub-inspector Munni Ram, who was the investigating officer of the case, had been suspended and the girl's statement recorded before the magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) confirmed the rape.

The CM had yesterday announced a magisterial probe into the incident and ordered strict action against the guilty, including the policemen after sacking minister of state for fisheries Jamuna Nishad.

State Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh told mediaperson here that there was no question of the arrest of the minister as there was no evidence of his involvement in the murder.

''We have arrested 12 people in connection with the murder of the policeman, but prime accused Sudhesh Madhesia is still absconding,'' he said, adding that police will certainly interrogate the ex-minister in the June 7 incident, who had even claimed that he did not enter the police station.

He also assured that no one is above the law and the guilty would not be spared.

The DGP said the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) (Gorakphur range) and the IG (Gorakhpur zone) have been asked to set up teams of professional investigators on the lapses about the wrong medical report by the doctors and the police investigation.

The investigation will find out why the May 26 rape case was registered on June 5 and how the doctors report and the girl statement under section 161 of the CrPC said negative about the rape.

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