SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER of Upper Ganga Canal Modernisation Division Radheyshyam, who was shot dead at his Roorkee residence on Sunday afternoon, was the blue-eyed boy of RLD MP and former minister Anuradha Chaudhary. Besides, he had become a virtual power centre in the Irrigation Department.
Despite being only a diploma holder, Radheshyam rose to the post of superintending engineer due to his managerial skills. Irrigation Department sources said he had perfected the art of staying in the good books of ministers.
After currying favour with the then Irrigation Minister Om Prakash, when the BJP was in power, he soon became the blue-eyed boy of Chaudhary. It was with her blessings that he was made in charge of the Upper Ganga Canal modernisation project. The project is controlled by the UP irrigation department in Uttaranchal.
It is meant to bring Ganga water to RLD leader Ajit Singh’s home district Baghpat through the Deoband branch in Saharanpur.
Thanks to his proximity to Chaudhary, Radheyshyam soon became a power centre in the department. Sources said he had a pivotal role in deciding the fate of engineers and other employees, who were recently transferred in bulk. An engineer from Khurja was assisting him in executing the task, as per the wishes of their political mentors. Highly placed sources said he also had a final say in sanctioning field jobs to contractors. That was why his residence had turned into a mini office of the UP Irrigation Department in recent times. The assailants who shot him dead entered his residence on the pretext of having a discussion regarding a contract.
Sources said that those looking for favours preferred to contact Radheyshyam, instead of going to Lucknow. The latter was popular in the corridors of the Irrigation Deparment as he used to spend most of his time, along with his political mentors, in Lucknow.
Sources said Chaudhary had promised to field him from Jansath constituency in Muzaffarnagar in the next Assembly elections after his retirement in December this year. Many believe the murder may be the handiwork of those who were scared of his political avatar after retirement. Others said a powerful lobby of contractors could have conspired against him. Police are working on all aspects of the murder, but what is obvious is that Radhyeshyam paid the price for his proximity to political bigwigs.