Lucknow, March 7: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday named former Uttar Pradesh minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya and four others in connection with the murder of senior police officer Zia-ul-Haq.
The four other names that feature in the CBI's FIR besides that of Bhaiya are Gulshan Yadav, Guddu Singh, Om Srivastava and Rohit Singh.
Reports said the investigative agency registered four FIRs in all in connection with the murder of Balipur village head Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh in a violence besides the brutal killing of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haq. The DSP had gone to probe the killing of the village headman when he was attacked. Post-mortem report said the police officer was beaten up before being shot.
A ten-member CBI team also reached Kunda in Pratapgarh district
where the murders took place last week. It was still not clear,
however, whether the CBI would arrest Bhaiya or even call him for
The Centre recently handed over the case to the CBI owing to intense political pressure from the opposition ranks.
The Samajwadi Party government in the state was accused of shielding the guilty and the opposition BSP even demanded imposition of President's Rule in the state in view of the deteriorating law and order situation.
The widow of Zia-ul-Haq had sought a CBI demand into the case and a cornered chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav not only accepted the demand but also asked the agency to probe the murders of the village head and his brother.
The state government's request reached the CBI on Wednesday night and subsequently an approval as sought from the department of personnel and training. The CBI formally registered a case in connection with the murders after getting the nod.
The CBI also collected newspaper clippings and video recordings
of the violence, it was learnt.
Deputy inspector general of CBI Anurag Garg was also likely to visit Balipur on Thursday to take stock of the situation.