Maya reopens CBI probe in Pal murder case
True to her word, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday took up the task of making Samajwadi Party leaders accountable for their wrong-doings. As a first step, she recommended a CBI probe into the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Allahabad Raju Pal in 2005 allegedly involving SP MP Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf among others.
Mayawati has decided to reopen the case and hand it over to the CBI. In 2005, then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had turned down her plea to hand over the case to the investigating agency.
Princpal Secretary (Home) K Chandramauli said, “A letter recommending a CBI probe has been sent to the Union government. Samajwadi Party MP Atiq Ahmed, his brother and seven to eight other persons have been named in the case as accused.”
Pal, his security guard and a village pradhan were sprayed with bullets in broad-day light in Allahabad on January 25, 2005. Pal had reportedly stopped his vehicle to give a lift to a woman.
The incident had led to the imposition of curfew and the administration had deployed Rapid Action Force and state police [personnel to bring the situation under control. Although Mulayam had promised to take action against the accused, he had turned down the plea to hand over the case to the CBI.
In the 2005 bypoll to the Allahabad (west) assembly, necessitated by Pal’s death, Mayawati's the BSP had fielded his widow Puja against Ashfraf. Ashraf had won then. This time, Puja returned the favour.
Chandramauli said the police had investigated the case and filed a chargesheet. He added that the state government was fully empowered to reopen the case and transfer the same to any other agency at any stage.
Meanwhile, after shaking up the police and top bureaucratic set-up, the chief minister turned her attention to the lower rung officialdom on Tuesday. Around 75 IAS officers, including divisional commissioners and district magistrates, were shifted in the last 24 hours. The IAS list also includes 15 officers who were waiting for postings.
Mayawati had reshuffled nearly 200 IPS officers immediately after taking oath on May 13. There is a general feeling that officers with good records have been brought to the mainstream. The state cabinet had on Monday formulated a new transfer policy under which all cases would be routed through a Service Establishment Board. Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh would be the final authority to approve all transfers below the rank of principal secretary and additional director general of police.
Punjab Agricultural University, a premier institute in agricultural research, has worryingly witnessed three suicides over the last three months. Director students' welfare GS Buttar says the university has a robust mechanism to check suicidal tendencies among students. The case The MSc student, found dead on August 8, was a resident of Rampura Phul. Her scooter was found abandoned near the canal in South City. The victim tutored students to meet her expenses.
Haryana animal husbandry and dairying minister JP Dalal said on Tuesday in the Vidhan Sabha that 6,135 cattle in 482 villages are in the grip of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the state. While the disease has killed 23 cattle (19 in Sirsa), at least 161 samples have been collected for diagnosis from Sirsa, Yamunanagar, Bhiwani, Kaithal, Kurukshetra and Palwal, Dalal said in response to a calling attention notice of Congress legislator Amit Sihag.
Three days after the decomposing body of a missing boy was found in a drain in Samrala, a teenager was arrested on Tuesday for brutally murdering the 12-year-old after he resisted the accused's sexual advances. The 19-year-old accused, Vishal alias Baja of Manjali Kalan village, had allegedly been sexually assaulting the victim for a few months. The accused was produced before the court on Tuesday and sent to a two-day police remand.
Four members of an interstate gang involved in International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number tampering were arrested with 310 stolen mobile phones on Tuesday. The arrested accused are Vijay Singh of Uttarakhand, and Ajay Kumar, Chandan Arora and Dhiraj Kumar of Ludhiana. The kingpin of the gang, Kanwaljit Singh alias Rinku of Sonepat, is still at large.
Taking note of the violations of environmental norms, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board has issued a show-cause notice to a real estate conglomerate namely Ansal Sushant City, Panipat, for flaws in the management of solid and liquid waste generated from the residential societies phase one and two. The violations were detected during an inspection conducted on August 1.