Kunda triple murder: 88 shifted policemen move High Court

MondayAjay and Vijay in Lucknow on Monday.

More than 80 policemen from four police stations of Pratapgarh district on Monday approached the Allahabad High Court, seeking quashing of their transfer order issued on April 3.

A total of 111 policemen, including the petitioners, had been transferred by the state government, following a request from the CBI in which it was said that local policemen were not cooperating with the agency in investigation of the Kunda triple murder case.

The then Circle Officer (Kunda) Ziaul Haque, village pradhan Nanhey Yadav and his younger brother Suresh Yadav were killed in a chain of events triggered by the pradhan's murder in Balipur village of Pratapgarh on March 2 evening.

Former cabinet minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya is one of the accused in the triple murder case being investigated by the CBI. Alleging that the transfers were manipulated by Raja Bhaiyya, the petitioners have also arrayed him as one of the respondents in the petition. They have also submitted a list of policemen, who they claim were not transferred because of their alleged proximity with Raja Bhaiyya.

"A total of 88 policemen, including sub-inspectors, head constables and constables have filed the petition, which has been listed for hearing on Wednesday in the court of Justice V K Shukla," said Vijay Gautam, counsel for the petitioners.

The petition has been filed in the name of Bajrang Bahadur Singh, a head constable, and others. These policemen were deployed in four police stations — Manikpur, Hathigawa, Kunda and Nawabganj.

"Our main argument is that the transfers have been manipulated due to pressure from Raja Bhaiyya. Around 10 policemen from these police stations have been spared from transfer as they were close to Raja Bhaiyya. Most of the petitioners have been transferred to Chitrakoot and Banda. Further, the petitioners have mentioned about the personal difficulties they will face due to the transfers," said Gautam.

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