The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recovered two key pieces of crime evidence in the case of senior police officer Zia-Ul Haque’s murder at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh on March 2.
The CBI, which is probing the case, now has in its possession a blood-stained ammunition belt with six live cartridges suspected to be Haque’s and a bloodied wooden stick believed to have been used to bludgeon him.
The ammunition belt was recovered from the house of Suresh Yadav, who was killed along with his brother Balipur village head Nanhe Yadav and deputy superintendent of police Zia-Ul Haque.
A CBI source said, “It is suspected that the ammunition belt was of the murdered police and was therefore hidden with great care.” He added, “We have also recovered a blood-stained wooden stick that was probably used to attack the DSP by locals incensed over the death of Nanhe Yadav, before the police officer was shot dead.”
The source said the CBI suspects that local policemen could have played a role in hiding the wooden stick and will soon question a few suspects for verification. The belt, the bullets and the stick have been sent for forensic examination.
State police on alert
The police sounded an alert in Balipur village in view of the tension prevailing there. To instill confidence among residents, the district police organised a flag march in the tehsil headquarters Kunda. Extra police force has been deployed at the houses of Nanhe Yadav and former gram pradhan Kamta Pal, who has been charged in Nanhe’s murder.