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ACP shunted out, probe on

delhi Updated: Jun 24, 2011 23:07 IST
Sunil Thapliyal
Sunil Thapliyal
Hindustan Times
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A day after the murder of Hyatpur village sarpanch and lynching of one of his attackers, the Haryana government ordered a judicial probe into the case on Friday.

The assistant commissioner of police, Sumer Singh, was transferred from Gurgaon to Rohtak district on Thursday night, hours after Rakesh Yadav, 32, was shot dead by two assailants. The incident, which was followed by the death of one of the gunmen after being burnt alive by angry villagers, sparked violence in the area.

According to the police, the sarpanch had a running feud with another villager following a water dispute and the latter allegedly hired two contract killers to eliminate him.

The judicial probe was ordered after a panchayat meeting on Friday.

The panchayat was attended by Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh and deputy commissioner PC Meena. Thousands of people from 20 villages also assembled at the meeting.

Many of them alleged the role of Congress MLA Rao Dharampal in the killing.

According to a villager, the deputy commissioner also spoke to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during the panchayat and assured a fair probe into the matter.

Rao Dharampal, the MLA from Badshahpur, denied his involvement and said he was being targeted by political rivals.

“I have nothing to do in this case. The victim and the accused were involved in a dispute since 2007 and I helped the victim's family to get an arms licence for their security. Why would I get involved in such a heinous crime,” the MLA asked.

Meanwhile, the police have also announced a reward of R50,000 on the main accused and formed 10 teams to nab the culprits. No complaint was filed against any politician or police official in the case.