The 'bullet mystery' revolving round the murder of Kunda deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP) Zia-ul-Haque deepened on Wednesday with the police sticking to the one-bullet theory and Haque's widow Parveen Azad demanding video and photos of the postmortem examination to verify the police claim.
The government had provided Azad, a final year student of bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) course, a copy of Haque's post-mortem report on Tuesday though the police haven't been able to track down either the 'bullet' that caused Haque's death or his mobile phone - both key aspects of investigation into the sensational murder case in which former minister and influential Kunda MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh has also been named as an accused by the slain officer's wife.
The report mentions 12 injuries on Zia's body but only one bullet wound against Azad's initial claim that she "felt three bullet hole-like wounds." These contradictory versions have provided ammunition to the opposition a chance to target the government for allegedly trying to shield the former minister.
Senior cabinet minister Azam Khan, meanwhile, said the government wouldn't hesitate to order a fresh autopsy if the DSP's family so demanded. "Where is the problem? In case the postmortem examination report is found tampered, stern action would be initiated against the guilty," Khan said in Ballipur village where he went on Wednesday along with the chief minister.
Dr VK Pandey, chief medical officer of Pratapgarh where the postmortem was done, was confident that there wasn't any tampering of the postmortem examination report. "There was only one bullet wound. The wound in the leg wasn't caused by a bullet and the death happened due to excessive bleeding," he said.
The police, including ADG (law and order) Arun Kumar and IG (law and order) RK Vishwakarma, maintained that the postmortem report talked of only one-bullet wound. They also refused to take queries on the former minister. Azad is, however, sticking to her demand that Raghuraj Pratap Singh be arrested first. "Even if the case has been recommended to the CBI, the government can certainly get him arrested. Let the CBI decide if he is innocent," she said.
Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, on the other hand has pleaded innocent. "I am positive that I would come out clean. I am not involved. What's more at least two of the people named in the FIR as accused in the murder case weren't in Ballipur at all," the former minister told a news channel.