Kunda: Three days after taking over the probe into DSP Zia-ul-Haq's brutal murder, CBI, which has named former UP minister Raja Bhaiyya in one of its FIRs in the case, on Sunday set up a camp office in Kunda village and assured the people that they will not face any harassment for helping in the probe.
CBI, which was handed over the probe on March seven into the sensational murder of Haq and two others, has set up a camp office at the Panchayat Bhawan at Kunda on the Allahabad- Lucknow highway and appealed to people to provide information to the agency which feels there is pressure on villagers to keep quiet.
Meanwhile, Parven Azad, the wife of the slain DSP, on Sunday suggested that her husband was targeted as he had compiled a list of cases against former UP minister and local MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias "Raja Bhaiya", against whom 16 cases are pending in courts and police stations.
"When my husband was posted in Kunda, it was natural for him to prepare history sheets, records (of cases against Raja Bhaiyya)," she said on being asked whether Haq's action had led to his killing.
"This is not a new phenomenon," she said going on to add that Haq was "simply performing his duty". "Kunda is a very sensitive place, Raja Bhaiya's matter even more sensitive," she said.
The controversial UP politician Raja Bhaiya was booked by CBI last Thursday under murder charges after the probe into Haq's killing was handed over to the central investigating agency.
Raja Bhaiya was named in one of the four FIRs filed by CBI on the basis of complaint given by Haq's wife in which the five-time independent MLA from Kunda in Pratapgarh district figured. He was earlier booked by the UP police only for criminal conspiracy.
Unable to get even a single witness, CBI has circulated a telephone number 05341-230006 and email firstname.lastname@example.org', asking people to provide information about the murder of Haq and two others--village head Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav--on March two. (MORE)
DSP killing shouldn't be seen from religious angle: Habibullah
The issue of DSP Zia-ul-Haq's killing in Uttar Pradesh should not be seen from a religious angle, Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Wajahat Habibullah said today.
"This issue should not be looked at from the point of view of any religion or the religion of the victim. He was a brave officer who died while performing his duty," he told reporters here.
Habibullah, who was here to participate in a conference at Aligarh Muslim University, was replying to a question whether the DSP "had been silenced" since he was investigating the role of some of the cohorts of Raja Bhaiya during the communal violence in Partapgarh in June last year.
He said that one should have full confidence in the country's premier investigating agency which was probing this case.
He said that the CBI should be allowed to investigate the case without any sort of pressure.