CBI seeks transfer of cops ‘for influencing investigation’

The CBI has sent a letter to the Uttar Pradesh government requesting transfer of station officers (SOs) of four police stations under Kunda circle in Pratapgarh district.

As per CBI, the sources confirmed, the concerned SOs were affecting the investigation into the triple murder case of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ziaul Haque, pradhan Nanhey Yadav and his brother Suresh.

When inquired in this regard, Principal Secretary (Home) RM Srivastava confirmed having received the letter and said that they were examining the same.

The police stations under Kunda circle include Kunda, Hathigawan, Manikpur and Nawabganj where Prakash Rai, Nishi Kant Rai, Pankaj Kumar Singh and Arvind Kumar Singh are presently posted, respectively.

Former UP minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, who belongs to Kunda, is named as a conspirator in the case. Raja Bhaiyya's aides have also been named in the murders of Haque, Nanhey and Suresh.

Sources said that during investigation the agency has observed that the SOs at the police stations concerned were influencing the witnesses in attempt to help the suspects in the triple murder case.

Besides, the sources added, the agency also found that the officers concerned may hamper the investigation if they remained posted at the police stations concerned.

Earlier, Kunda SHO Sarvesh Kumar Mishra and Hathigawan SO Manoj Kumar Shukla were suspended for dereliction in duty as they allegedly had escaped leaving Haque at Balipur village, who was shot dead during the attack on police team by angry mob on March 2. Haque's service pistol and mobile phone were found missing when the police force recovered his body. The pistol and its magazines containing cartridges were later recovered from a secluded place in the same village and the ballistic test had found no firing from Haque's firearm.

While Mishra had accompanied Haque to the village after murder of pradhan Nanhey Yadav, Shukla was already present at the spot. Both the officers had been questioned by CBI several times since the investigation began and they are under scanner of the agency.

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