Both Lucknow CMOs ‘killed by same pistol’

Bullet shells recovered from crime scene

Forensic examination of the bullet shells recovered from the spot where Dr B P Singh, Chief Medical Officer of Family Welfare, was shot dead on Saturday has revealed bullets were fired from the same weapon which was used to gun down his predecessor Dr Vinod Arya in October last year.

The finding is crucial as it has now corroborated the link between the two murders. Both Dr Singh and his predecessor, Dr Arya, were killed in identical manner — both were shot dead during their morning work.

While a formal report from the ballistic experts is yet to be received, the officials of the Special Task Force (STF) investigating the murder informally collected the information from the experts.

Moreover, the officials have come to know that the pistol used in the crime was not a country-made weapon but a sophisticated 7.65 bore calibre, also known as .30 bore calibre. A senior STF official said such kind of pistols

are usually smuggled from Afghanistan and are sold at prices ranging from Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000.

Sources said that the STF has identified some suspects who may have fled UP on the day Dr Singh was murdered.

The probe team feels that the same killers were involved in the murder of a contractor named Ajay Prakash Singh alias Singh in Mau on August 29, 2009. Like Dr Arya and Dr Singh, he was also shot dead by two motorcycle riders with a .30 bore pistol. Jailed MLA Mukhtar Ansari and his associate Rakesh Pandey were named accused in that case.

The shells recovered from the spot where the contractor was killed are also being examined to find whether the same weapon was used in Mau too.

The STF, meanwhile, let off Yogendra Singh Chauhan and Girijesh Pandey, president and general secretary of UP Health Ministerial Staff Association respectively, after questioning them for 36 hours.

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