New Delhi: Agreeing to the demand by the widow of slain Deputy Superintendent of Police, Zia-ul-Haq, killed by a mob in Pratapgarh late Saturday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met bereft family and assured speedy justice. It was only after his assurance the slain officer was buried amid tight security.

Earlier, Haq's widow Parvin refused to allow her husband’s last rites demanding a personal visit by Chief Minster and assurance for justice at the earliest.  Finding himself in a piquant situation, Chief Minister, with some officials, flew to Deoria and drove to the village of the deceased police official to offer him floral tributes.
 
Earlier on Monday, the Chief Minister had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the family of the slain official and a government job for one family member. He also ordered a CBI investigation into  the killing of Haq. Yadav said the government was shocked and saddened by the death of the police officer, and that no one found guilty of murder would be allowed to go scot-free.

"The government has acted and would further act tough on the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Nobody will be allowed to get away from such a crime that took away a braveheart official from amongst us," Yadav said. Haq had rushed to the village with a posse of policemen on Saturday after violence broke out over the murder of the village headman and his brother. The violent mob had turned on the policemen, and Haq's colleagues had fled, leaving him alone to deal with the mob.

Raja Bhaiya also sought CBI probe

Earlier, former food and civil supply minister and independent legislator from Kunda, Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya also said that the matter had "become so complicated" that it was best that the CBI probe it.

Raja Bhaiyya, who has been named in the first information report in the case, pleaded innocence and said he had only twice met the circle officer. He said he had found the officer a pleasant man.

"If I had any annoyance with him, I would have easily got him transferred," the powerful MLA said, while adding that only people with extreme animosity would think of taking someone's life. He slammed the police for filing a wrong FIR (in which his name figures), saying the real culprits would probably get away.

Hostile reception

The director general of police (DGP) A C Sharma had earlier been sent as an emissary to the village of the deceased policeman, but he met a hostile reception. Villagers showed him bangles and slippers. They also raised slogans against the police and the government.

(JPN/Agencies)

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