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Tough climb ahead for CBI really nail Ansari?

india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 01:18 IST

THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun the legal process to initiate a probe into the sensational killing of Ghazipur BJP MLA Krishnanad Rai on November 29, last year.

But, top cops in UP are skeptical whether the premier investigating agency would succeed in nailing the main accused: don-turned MLA Mukhtar Ansari.

The CBI earlier had chargesheeted Ansari and his aides in coal tycoon Nand Lal Rungta’s kidnapping and subsequent murder. Besides Ansari, who was the main accused, others were sent to jail and the don’s brother-in-law Ata-ur-Rehman alias Babu alias Siqander was declared absconding. The CBI had announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh on Ata-ur-Rehman’s head then.

While the CBI is yet to trace Rehman, Ansari was acquitted in the Rungta murder case. Significantly, Rehman was again named in Rai’s murder case. 

The CBI team had collected documents related to the Rai murder case from Ghazipur police a few days back and had left for Delhi to register a fresh case.

In the Rungta case, the CBI sleuths had collected vital evidence corroborating the role of Ansari and the co-accused in the kidnapping and subsequent murder.

But, CBI failed to make appropriate use of key witnesses. Thus, they could not nail Ansari in court. 

The CBI team would have to face unfavourable situation during the course of investigation as Ansari enjoys support of the government machinery. The cops would have to hunt hard for a witness in Ghazipur district, as nobody dare speak against Ansari.

Sources reveal that senior officials from various government departments in Ghazipur still visit Ansari at the district jail openly.

Earlier in the Rai murder case, the special task force (STF) had gunned down an accused, Firdaus, in Mumbai last month. It was then revealed that other accused in the case, gangster Munna Bajrangi and Mukhtar Ansari himself, had played a vital role in making Firdaus fall in the STF net.

No further move was made either by STF or the Ghazipur police to collect details about Munna Bajrangi following ‘ political intervention’ at the behest of the jailed don Ansari.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had declared that the STF would probe into the case and the killers would be brought to book soon after the shootout took place. However, the case was withdrawn from the STF and was handed over to the Ghazipur police merely after a month.

And, the Ghazipur police did not initiate a step to investigate the case. About a month back, one of the dreaded killers Sanjiv Maheshwari alias Jeeva, whose involvement came to light in the shootout later in the STF probe, was arrested by Delhi police. But, the Ghazipur police are yet to bring him here to initiate legal formalities.