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CBI probe demanded into Sarla?s death

NINE YEARS after Congress leader Sarla Mishra died of burn injuries under mysterious circumstances, her brothers today reiterated their demand of a CBI enquiry into what they allege was a political murder.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 14:48 IST

NINE YEARS after Congress leader Sarla Mishra died of burn injuries under mysterious circumstances, her brothers today reiterated their demand of a CBI enquiry into what they allege was a political murder.

In a press conference today, Sarla’s brothers Anand and Anurag Mishra alleged involvement of former chief minister Digvijay Singh and his brother Laxman Singh (presently BJP leader) in the murder and demanded that Digivijay resigned from organisational posts in Congress until he came clean in the matter.

They have also called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter and get a CBI enquiry instituted.

The Mishra brothers today also met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in this connection. They alleged in a letter to chief minister that the erstwhile Congress Government had tried to sweep the case under the carpet dismissing it to be a suicide.

Though the then chief minister Digvijay Singh had assured of a CBI enquiry, he never actually wrote the Centre about this, they added.

Chouhan is said to have assured the Mishras that he would look into the matter. Meanwhile, Anand and Anurag also told the media persons that they would be taking the case to Supreme Court as the MP High Court dismissed their petition last week.

They mentioned that all these years they have been demanding CBI enquiry and had written to former chief ministers Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur in the matter too.

It may be mentioned that Sarla Mishra died of burn injuries under mysterious circumstances on February 20, 1997 in Bhopal. The incident triggered a massive controversy with names of a number of Congress leaders being involved.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 14:48 IST