The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Kunda triple murder case wrote to the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday and requested termination of services of "cowardly" Kunda cops.
The CBI on Thursday filed the closure report at a local court regarding the murder of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haque.
Sources said the CBI has indicted the cops posted in Kunda – including Hathigawan station house officer (SHO) Manoj Kumar Shukla, Kunda SHO Sarvesh Kumar Mishra, sub-inspector Vinay Kumar Singh and gunner Imran.
The CBI letter says the cops acted in a "cowardly" manner when the DSP was surrounded by the mob that killed him, and fled instead of protecting him.
On March 2, DSP Zia-ul-Haque was murdered by a mob at Balipur village in Kunda subdivision of Pratapgarh district.
He was posted as circle officer of Kunda. The DSP had rushed to Balipur village after the murder of village head Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav on the same day.
The CBI says the SHOs, sub-inspector and gunner did not perform their duty.
Had the cops challenged the villagers, the DSP's life could have been saved, the letter states.
During investigation, villagers told CBI sleuths that the DSP called for help when he was surrounded by the mob, but none of the policemen came to his rescue. Even the gunner fled from the spot.
The letter adds that such cops are not fit to continue in police service.
A copy of the letter was received at the office of the director general of police (DGP).