The UP police on Friday arrested three persons in connection with the murder of chief medical officer (CMO) BP Singh even as the state’s cabinet secretary said a colleague of the deceased was behind the killing.
Announcing the breakthrough, cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told journalists the three arrested persons were Ram Krishna Verma, Anand Tiwari and Vinod Sharma.
Singh said deputy CMO YS Sachan, now in jail on charges of financial bungling, had hatched a conspiracy to eliminate BP Singh and had hired the three for the murder, which took place in Lucknow on April 2.
“All the three criminals have accepted the crime,” the cabinet secretary said. It was a R7-lakh contract, Shashank Shekhar Singh said, adding that BP Singh had detected financial irregularities in the purchase of medicines when Sachan was holding temporary charge of
CMO after the murder of his predecessor, Vinod Kumar Arya, in October last year.
During interrogation Verma said Sachan had paid Tiwari R50,000, but the remaining amount (of the R7 lakh) could not be paid because Sachan was arrested.
Verma said Sachan told him BP Singh had threatened to launch an enquiry into financial bungling during his (Sachan's) stint as CMO.
The Special Task Force (STF) has recovered the weapons used in the murder.
Six cell phones and three motorcycles have been traced. The cabinet secretary said the STF had succeeded in nabbing the three after two months' surveillance.
BP Singh was killed when he was out for his morning walk. After the murder, minister for family welfare Babu Singh Kushwaha and health minister Anant Kumar Mishra had resigned.
The arrested trio also gave important inputs about the murder of Arya who was killed in a similar incident on October 27 last year, the cabinet secretary said.