Cop killing: CBI could order second autopsy

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 08, 2013 07:33 hrs

Lucknow: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can press for a second autopsy of the Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haque even as they registered four First Information Reports (FIRs) in connection with the killings of Haque and two others at Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh last week, reports said on Friday.

In order to probe into the matter, a 10-member CBI team will visit Kunda to collect information from the chief medical officer of Pratapgarh on the autopsy done on the slain UP cop and if the team fails to get satisfied with the account, they will carry out a second autopsy.

The three suspended police officers among the eight accused in relation to the case will also be questioned by the CBI team.

Meanwhile, the probe agency has named former Uttar Pradesh minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya and four others in one of the FIRs.

Following a request from the Uttar Pradesh government, the Centre on Thursday handed over to the CBI the probe into the killings of Zia-ul-Haque and two others.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday agreed to a CBI probe.

Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday visited the family of slain village head Nanhe Yadav at Kunda town in Uttar Pradesh and said people involved in the conspiracy will not be spared.

Zia-ul-Haque along with Gram Pradhan of Balipur village Nanhe Yadav and his brother were killed on Saturday.

Raja Bhaiya on Monday resigned after he was booked a day ago in the killing of the Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Though Akhilesh Yadav said action will be taken on anyone involved, the police has not yet questioned or arrested Raja Bhaiya.

The autopsy report of Zia-ul-Haque has revealed that the cop, who went to probe into the murder of Pradhan (village headman) and his brother in the Kunda village, was beaten and dragged along the ground before being shot dead. He had severe injuries on his legs and head.

It is also not clear whether the bullet that killed the cop was shot from his own revolver as it is missing along with the bullet that killed him.

The autopsy report revealed that his body was marked by "lacerated wounds and abrasions" and that he died of "hemorrhage and shock" from a gunshot wound to the right of his chest, said reports.

According to allegations, the four men accused of dragging and killing the slain cop were men of Raja Bhaiya.

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