Kunda: Six months before he was shot dead in the constituency of politician Raja Bhaiya,
senior police officer Zia-ul-Haque had prepared a list of cases against
the MLA. Charges in the 47 cases listed against him include murder,
conspiracy to murder and violations under the Gangster Act.
Bhaiya, whose real name is Raghuraj Pratap Singh, is accused of
conspiring in the murder of Zia-ul-Haque. He has denied any link to the
case, and resigned as minister in the Uttar Pradesh government a few
The CBI, which is probing the killing of Zia-ul-Haque,
has not indicated how quickly it will question Raja Bhaiya, who was
neither interrogated nor arrested by the UP police.
The CBI team
is investigating the murders of a village headman, his brother, and
Kunda's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haque.
challenge for the CBI team is convincing the villagers that witnessed
the murders to testify. There were, reportedly, 300 people present when
the murders happened. Many of the men in Balipur, where the shootings
took place, have disappeared to avoid being questioned.
10-member CBI team in Kunda has appealed to villagers to come forward as
witnesses. In a press release, the CBI, which has set up a camp office
and a helpline number in Pratapgarh, has assured the villagers against
any kind of harassment.
Zia-ul-Haque was killed after he reached
Pratapgarh where the village headman, Nanhe Yadav, had been shot. An
angry mob reportedly cornered him, and eight policemen who were with
Zia-ul-Haq allegedly abandoned him. Three bullets were fired - one
killed Zia-ul-Haque; two others killed Yadav's brother. (Read: How Zia-ul-Haque was killed)
Zia-ul-Haque's widow, Parveen Azad, has written a letter to Chief
Minister Akhilesh Yadav, demanding the CBI team investigating her
husband's murder should be from Delhi, not Uttar Pradesh. She has also
demanded that a fast track court should be set up outside Uttar Pradesh
and the case should be heard on a day-to-day basis.