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UP govt trying to shield Raja Bhaiya, says Mayawati

PTI  New Delhi, March 06, 2013
First Published: 15:06 IST(6/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:05 IST(6/3/2013)

Stepping up her attack on arch-rival SP, BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of trying to shield former state minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh in the case of murder of a police officer.

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Mayawati, a former chief minister of the state, said Singh alias Raja Bhaiya moving around scotfree would weaken the case of the killing of deputy superintendent of police in Pratapgarh district.

DSP Zia-ul-Haq was killed by a mob in Pratapgarh on Saturday when he had rushed there after a village head was shot dead over a land dispute. The slain officer's wife had accused Raja Bhaiya for the attack.

"The SP government was trying to shield the former minister. Otherwise he (Raja Bhaiya) would have been arrested by now. Till date he has not been arrested," Mayawati told reporters in New Delhi.

She said the protests by Muslim students at the Aligarh University and Allahabad University were valid as an FIR has been filed against the former minister but he has not been arrested yet.

On her demand for imposition of President's Rule in UP, Mayawati said it was upto the Centre to take a decision.

Meanwhile, SP member Naresh Agarwal said the party had no objection to the conduct of a second postmortem of the slain DSP.

"The post-mortem was conducted in the presence of TV cameras. We have no objection to conducting post-mortem again," he said when asked about the demand of the police officers wife for a second autopsy in the case.

Agarwal said UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has already recommended a CBI probe into the incident.


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