Balipur (Uttar Pradesh): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is now probing the three murders including that of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Circle Officer (CO) Zia-ul-Haq in Kunda. Former Uttar Pradesh minister and independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya has been named as the main accused in one of the FIRs and could be questioned soon.
The FIRs have been filed for murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting. While two FIRs pertain to the killing of gram pradhan Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav, the two others are about the DSP's killing and the rioting in the area.
A 10-member CBI probe team will be collecting details from the chief medical officer of Pratapgarh on Zia-ul-Haq's post-mortem report. Sources have told CNN-IBN that if needed the CBI will order a second autopsy on the body of the slain police officer and will question other police officers as well.
CNN-IBN went to the crime scene to see how the killings unfolded.
On March 2, gram pradhan Nanhe Yadav was sitting at a tea stall in Balipur where some unknown assailants shot at him at around 6.45 pm. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead. The police investigation so far has revealed that the motive behind pradhan's killing was a land dispute.
Police sources say that the Station Officer (SO) of the police station who reached Balipur after knowing about gram pradhan's murder had called Haq asking for additional force. But when Haq reached the spot, residents of the area say the SO was missing.
After Nanhe Yadav was declared dead his body was brought to him home where soon over 300 of his supporters gathered.
Haq was chased by a mob when he reached Balipur and he was badly beaten up. The post-mortem report has also confirmed that he was beaten up and eyewitnesses who refuse to come on camera say he fell in the drain and then was dragged before a fatal gun shot killed him.
The chain of events has not been established so far from the time Haq came to Balipur to the time his body was recovered. Sources say that a message was sent on the police control room that the CO is missing and Suresh Yadav too has been shot dead. The Additional Superintendent of Police came to the village at 11 pm and found Haq's body near the drain.
When Haq fall on the ground was he able to take out his service pistol? The police have so far failed to recover the bullet that killed Haq while his service pistol is still untraceable.