Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday rejected the demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder of state public works department (PWD) engineer M.K. Gupta.
Gupta’s autopsy report revealed that he was brutally beaten up and given electric shocks, leading to his death.
The engineer was allegedly killed by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his henchmen in Auraiyya district, 250 km west of Lucknow, on Wednesday for refusing to pay a hefty amount for Mayawati’s birthday celebrations on January 15.
On Thursday, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi spoke to Gupta’s 24-year-old son Pritish.
In Lucknow, Mayawati said the murder had nothing to do with her birthday celebrations but was linked to “some dispute over PWD contracts”.
She told the media that “this time no instructions have been issued to MLAs and MPs to raise funds. Only party functionaries have been asked to collect money for my birthday.” She said stern action would be taken against party MLAs and MPs if they raised funds in her name. “There is no target for money,” she said.
Rejecting the demand of the slain engineer’s family for a CBI investigation, the chief minister said, “There is no need of a CBI investigation because adequate steps have already been taken in the case.”
She lambasted the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for “hatching a conspiracy to defame my government”.
Admitting that accused MLA Tiwari had a criminal record, Mayawati said he had told BSP leaders that the cases were politically motivated.
In Delhi, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan demanded the resignation of Mayawati’s government and urged the Centre to immediately order a CBI inquiry into the murder.
He said the “manuvadi government of Mayawati” had “broken all records of killing of innocent dalits”. “A large number of legislators, ministers and BSP workers are criminals,” said Paswan, also the steel, chemicals and fertilisers minister.
SP general secretary Amar Singh, on the other hand, urged home minister P Chidambaram to immediately visit UP to take stock of the law-and-order situation there. “He should seek a report from UP governor T. Rajeshwar,” he said. “Gupta’s killing is a perfect case of orgainsed crime and terror. We demand that action should be taken as per the provisions of new anti-terror bill.”