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Mar 30, 2013 at 05:51pm IST

Kunda murders: CBI questions Raja Bhaiyya's cousin

New Delhi: The CBI on Saturday questioned Akshay Pratap Singh, cousin of former Uttar Pradesh minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh who is popularly known as Raja Bhaiyya, in the murder case of Kunda DSP Zia-ul-Haq. Akshay is member of state legislative council and a MLC from Samajwadi Party.

CBI sources said Singh was questioned in detail about his whereabouts on the day of incident in which village head Nanhe Yadav, his brother Suresh and Haq were allegedly murdered during violence arising over a land dispute on March 2. They said the agency might also question his cousin and Raja Bhaiyya in connection with these murders as some suspects are known to be cronies of the influential leader.

The CBI has registered four cases pertaining to three murders in Balipur village on March 2 and booked Raja Bhaiyya in one of them on the complaint of Haq's wife. Raja Bhaiyya had to resign from the Akhilesh Yadav government after his name cropped up in the case.

Recently, the agency has recovered a blood-stained wooden rod and ammunition belt with six live cartridges from various places here during its ongoing probe into the murder of Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq and the two others. The blood-stained ammunition belt was recovered from a box concealed in a house of Suresh Yadav, who was gunned down along with his brother and village pradhan Nanhe, official sources said.

The wooden rod, which too had blood stains on it, was recovered from another area in the village at the instance of local police officials who were being questioned by the CBI in the case, the sources said.

With Additional Inputs from PTI