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Mar 06, 2013 at 12:22pm IST

DSP murder: Govt will take strong steps to nab the culprits, says UP CM

Kunda: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is in damage control mode and reached Kunda to meet the family of the murdered village pradhan. The Gram Pradhan and his brother were killed along with Deputy SP Zia-Ul-Haque on Saturday.

He assured strong steps by the state government to nab the culprits. "We have given Rs 20 lakh to the widows of the slain gram pradhan and his brother. The government will take strong steps to nab the culprits. We have referred the case to the CBI," Akhilesh yadav said.

This came even as the Addional DGP of UP, Arun Kumar, ruled out the arrest of former minister Raja Bhaiya. Four days after the murder, the police have failed to record the statement of key eyewitnesses. A constable, who was accompanying the Deputy SP, has not been questioned so far.

The ADG added that the post-mortem report had revealed that the DSP was shot once and that the bullet had passed through his chest and was untraceable. He added that the murder weapon too was yet to be recovered.

Earlier on Tuesday, Raja Bhaiya pleaded innocence in the DSP murder case and said that he was a victim of political conspiracy. Speaking to CNN-IBN, the Kunda MLA said that he was being framed and that his aide Guddu Singh, who has been arrested, too was innocent.

"I am being framed. It's unfortunate that three murders were committed in a short span. But I can't be held responsible for every theft or murder that takes place in Kunda," he defiantly said. He added that Guddu Singh was in Lucknow at the time of the murder and that he was not involved.

Raja Bhaiya further said that the CBI probe into the incident will bring out the truth. "It's not Guddu Singh. Ajay Pal is the main accused. Guddu Singh is not involved," adding that DSP Zia-ul-Haq was killed in a crossfire.

Opposition leader Mayawati slammed the state government for its inaction.

"They have not taken action against Raja Bhaiya. There is no law and order in UP. President's rule is the only option. We will demand suspension of Question Hour in Parliament today."