UP govt recommends CBI probe into ex-MLA's murder
Accepting the demand of slain former MLA Survesh Singh's family members, the UP state government has recommended a CBI inquiry into the murder of the BSP leader in Azamgarh on July 19. Principal secretary, home, RM Srivastav said that the decision has been taken and a letter of recommendation was being sent to the CBI.
The move comes on a day on which Vandana Singh, wife of the slain former MLA, reiterated that she and her family members would begin a fast-unto-death if a CBI probe was not ordered by July 24. She made her point in a letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The letter was submitted to the Azamgarh district magistrate and copies were sent to the director general of police (DGP), inspector general (IG), and the state home secretary. Vandana and Survesh's brother Santosh had earlier said they had no faith in the police inquiry.
Also, she sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for those killed and 10 lakh for the injured in the police firing that took place on July 19, after her husband's murder.
Besides, she demanded withdrawal of cases against hundreds of persons registered by the police for damaging public property, violence and arson that followed as a reaction to the popular leader's murder. She also demanded security for the whole for their lifetime.
The Azamgarh district administration had also made an appeal to the state government to recommend a probe by the country's premier investigating agency.
Meanwhile, the killers of the BSP leader remained at large even as the police teams continued their raids. The cops have now headed to the adjoining districts to get a clue on the assailants. The DIG has given orders to comb the adjoining districts for the alleged shooters.
It was reported that the police had booked four local journalists in cases of attempt to murder and under other sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The tense situation has not eased in Jiyanpur. Schools remained closed on Monday also.
Survesh Singh and his private security guard were shot dead by unidentified persons in Jianpur locality of Azamgarh on July 19. Two persons were also killed in police firing on his supporters who turned violent after the murder.
He was a Samajwadi Party MLA from Sagari seat till 2012. However, later, he joined the BSP and contested the last assembly elections unsuccessfully on the BSP ticket from the Sadar seat in Azamgarh.