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2 more witnesses turn hostile

IN YET another setback to prosecution, two more witnesses in the trial of UP Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya today turned hostile. UP police inspector Manoj Pandey submitted in the designated POTA Court here that he wasn't aware from whom the arms had been seized.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 14:02 IST

IN YET another setback to prosecution, two more witnesses in the trial of UP Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya today turned hostile. UP police inspector Manoj Pandey submitted in the designated POTA Court here that he wasn't aware from whom the arms had been seized.

The other witness constable Sahab Lal said that he was sent by the department for testing of explosives but was not aware from where it had been seized.

Special POTA Court Judge R. C. Mishra would record the evidences of other witnesses in the case on February 18. The UP police claimed to have seized Chinese made AK 56 rifle, some cartridges, magazines and a haul of explosives from the residence of Uday Pratap Singh, 75, – father of Raja Bhaiyya- at Bhadri in January 2003.

Raja Bhaiyya, his father Uday Pratap Singh and cousin Pratapgarh MP Akshay Pratap Singh are being tried here under Section 25 of Arms Act and Section 3/ 4 of POTA, following the Supreme Court's direction of November 10 last.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 14:02 IST