Facing an acute shortage of investigators, the CBI has sought from the Bihar government the assistance of state police probe officials to take over the investigation of the murder of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiaji.
“The CBI is handling a number of high-profile cases. Our hands are tied since we have only a limited number of investigators,” said a CBI source.
"We will like to take up the probe of the murder of Brahmeshwar Singh, provided the Bihar government assigns its team of investigators to us for probe assistance," said the source.
“The Ranvir Sena chief murder probe will require extensive field work, gathering of intelligence including technical, questioning of suspects and verifications of facts,” said the source.
Two gunmen had shot Singh early on June 1 while he was undertaking his morning walk near his residence in Ara.
The Bihar police Director General of Police had earlier met senior CBI officials to persuade the agency to probe the case as per the request from the state government.
A senior Bihar bureaucrat too had communicated the same request to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Bihar police's special investigation team has arrested three alleged extortionists as part of its probe in the case,
but it is suspected that there could be a wider conspiracy with political overtones behind the murder.
Earlier, the CBI had made a similar request to the UP police to investigate the NRHM scam. In May, the UP government acceded to the CBI request by assigning to it a team of 12 state police officials — four deputy superintendents of police and eight inspectors.