More than a fortnight after taking over the probe into the murder of senior Uttar Pradesh police officer Zia-Ul Haque on March 2, the CBI is yet to nab his killer, ostensibly because no eyewitness has turned up.
The probe agency on March 7 had lodged four cases to probe the killings of Haque along with two others, Balipur village head Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav. Haque was allegedly killed after he reached the residence of Yadav on learning that the latter had been shot dead at a teashop.
"We are making progress in the investigation and have leads but the lack of eyewitness accounts has been a stumbling block," said a CBI source. "Many residents of the village had witnessed the crimes but are hesitant to come forward and share information out of fear," said the source.
The CBI has so far questioned two relatives of Yadav as part of its probe. According to the source, among those who are under the agency's scanner for the murder of Haque allegedly includes a relative of Yadav also. The agency is verifying whether Haque was attacked and killed after Suresh allegedly targetted him at Yadav's home with the butt of a double barrel gun and in the ensuing melee the latter was shot.