Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kantilal Bhuria on Saturday alleged that the state government was trying to shield the mining mafia in connection with recent murder of journalist Chandrika Rai.

"It appears that an attempt has been made by the government to save alleged involvement of powerful people associated with the mining mafia in the state in this regard," he said, adding during his visit to Umaria town people told him that mining mafia was apparently involved in the crime.

Blaming "lack of coordination" between the Home ministry and the probe agency Special Task Force (STF), Bhuria said the differences between them give rise to a suspicion that there is something "amiss" in the sensational murder case.

"It is for the first time in the history of state that on an issue of serious crime, the Home Minister, DGP and the probe agency STF are giving different versions," Bhuria said in a statement here.

While STF along with Umaria Police is claiming that the case has been cracked, Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta and the DGP S K Raut were saying that the investigations are still on, he said.

Chandrika Rai, his wife Durga, son Jalaj and daughter Nisha were found murdered at their house at Umaria town on February 17.