Uttar Pradesh: DSP killed in Raja Bhaiya’s constituency in clashes over village pradhan’s murder

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Irate villagers in Belipur village of Pratapgarh district, agitated over the murder of the village Pradhan Nanhe Yadav, killed deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of UP police Zia Ul Haq. The villagers shot the DSP in head and chest with his own service revolver. Imran, the gunner of the DSP also received serious bullet injuries in the incident that took place late in the evening on Saturday 2 March. Seven other policemen accompanying the DSP fled the area after the villagers opened fire.

Four persons have been named in the FIR lodged by Parveen Azad, wife of the slain DSP at the Hathigavan police station of the district. No arrest has been made so far. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Arun Kumar and Zonal IG, and other senior police officers had rushed to the spot at late hours of Saturday and are camping in the village. Tension prevails in the village and the PAC has been deployed.

The village falls in the Kunda assembly constituency of the don-turned-politician Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, an independent MLA who holds the food and civil supplies department portfolio in Akhilesh Yadav government. The minister is also under the scanner of the CBI for his alleged involvement in multi-crore food scam.

The persons named in the FIR are – Gulshan Yadav, chairman of the Kunda Municipal Board, Guddu Singh, the driver of the minister, Hariom Srivastava, the secretary of the minister and Rohit Singh. All the four persons are supporters of Raja Bhaiyya, who is scion of the former royal family of Benti. Akshay Pratap Singh, former Samajwadi Party MP from Pratapgarh and presently MLC of the party who is a cousin brother of Raja Bhaiyya, was present in the village at the time of the incident.

The police had to face tough resistance from the villagers in controlling the situation. The mutilated body of the DSP was recovered from the village by the police at the wee hours of Sunday. Police sources said the villagers shot the DSP from the service revolver which has not been recovered so far. The village Pradhan Nahe Yadav was a supporter of the minister Raja Bhaiyya but his relations with the minister were said to be strained for quite some time. Apprehending threat to his life, Yadav had approached the district SP seeking security cover, which was ignored by the police.

According to the police, Nanhe Yadav had an old enmity with the former Pradhan Kamla Prasdad Pal of the same village, was shot dead on Saturday evening in the village. Following the attack on Yadav, the villagers attacked the house of the former Pradhan, who was suspected to be behind Yadav’s murder. Later, both sides opened fire on each other in which slain Pradhan’s brother Suresh Yadav was also killed.

Police sources said the DSP rushed to the village as soon as he was informed of the incident. The villagers, angry with the police for not providing security to Yadav, attacked the policemen.

The opposition parties Congress and the BJP have condemned the incident and demanded action against the food minister Raja Bhaiyya. The state Congress President Nirmal Khatri describing the incident as “most unfortunate,” said that “it’s most regrettable that the ruling party leaders, ministers and MLAs have emerged as the biggest threat to the rule of law in the state which has demoralised the police and the civil administration and has added to morale of the mafia and criminal elements”.

Demanding a judicial inquiry into the incident, state BJP president LK Bajpai said that “this incident has occurred in the area represented by a powerful minister of the SP government” and that the SP leaders have become the biggest threat to the law and order in the state.

Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has condoled the death of the DSP and has announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the family members of the slain police officer. “The government would come down heavily on the culprits and who so ever high and mighty found involved in the incident won’t be spared,” said the CM who was in Kanauj today – the Lok Sabha constituency of his wife Dimple Yadav.

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Virendra Nath Bhatt is a post graduate in Economics. Started career as journalist in 1982, by contributing for a couple of Hindi dailies of Lucknow and Bareilly and also Jansatta of Delhi. Joined the English daily `The Pioneer in 1990 and later shifted to National Herald. After one year joined as correspondent for the Onlooker Magazine published from Bombay in 1991. In 1995 again joined The Pioneer in 1995 and worked till 2007. In December joined Indian Express Luck now. In September 2011 joined Tehelka. Bhatt has extensively covered parliament and assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1985 and also the Ramjanma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya and the movement for social justice – the social strife against the implementation of the Mandal commission report in August 1990.

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