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FISHY? 3 witnesses gone

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 01:34 IST
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TAKING A serious note of the suspicious deaths of three witnesses in the BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided to include this factor in its investigation.

The CBI team in Ghazipur has been asked to collect all details related to the post-mortem examination of the three dead witnesses. The investigating team would also probe the role of the doctors involved in the medical treatment.

Senior CBI officials swung into action after they came to know about the death of another witness Manoj Gond under mysterious circumstances yesterday.

Doctors, however, say he died of a cardiac arrest. Two other witnesses Shashikant Rai and Naga had also died under mysterious circumstances.

Interestingly, all these now dead witnesses had applied for adequate security, but there was no response to their pleas from the authorities concerned.

Shashikant was the only person in slain MLA’s fleet who survived the attack on November 29, 2005 although he too had suffered bullet injuries. Shashikant went missing about four months back and was later found dead. The post-mortem examination report could not then establish the cause of death and hence the viscera was preserved. The Ghazipur police did not show any interest in the viscera examination later.

Naga too died under similar circumstances and the cause behind his death is also yet to be ascertained.

MLA Mukhtar Ansari, who is at present in Ghazipur jail, is the main accused in the case.