The savage contours of the attack on the police officer scale up the embarrassment for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. A minister in his government, Raja Bhaiya, already wanted in eight different criminal cases, resigned last week after he was accused of ordering the police officer's murder in his constituency of Kunda. The police case charges him with conspiracy.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haq was killed on Saturday night when he arrived in a village in Kunda to investigate the murder of the village headman or pradhan and his brother, who had been killed over a land dispute.
The bullet used to kill the policeman is missing. It's not clear if he was shot with his own revolver, which has also not been found.
The post-mortem report reveals that his body was marked by "lacerated wounds and abrasions" and that he died of "hemorrhage and shock" from a gunshot wound to the right of his chest.
But that did not stop angry jeers when he arrived at Konda to visit the family of Nanhe Yadav, the pradhan who was killed.
The Uttar Pradesh government has not been able to explain why Raja Bhaiya, whose real name is Raghuraj Pratap Singh, has not been interrogated or arrested so far. The police has said that before it investigates the conspiracy charges, it needs to arrest and question those who shot Zia-ul-Haq.
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