New Delhi: Controversial Uttar Pradesh politician Raja Bhaiya was on Thursday booked by CBI under murder charges in the killing of police officer Zia-Ul-Haq after the probe into the case was handed over to the central investigating agency. Now question arises that if Raja Bhaiya will be arrested?

Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya was named in one of the four FIRs filed by CBI on the basis of complaint given by Haq's wife Parveen Azad 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.

In the case of murder of Zia, who was shot dead in Kunda while on duty on March 2, two FIRs were filed by the UP police --one on the basis of SHO Manoj Shukla's report in which 10 people are suspects and another on the basis of complaint given by Parveen in which Raja Bhaiya along with four others were named. Raja Bhaiya is likely to be questioned by CBI in connection with the probe.

Raja Bhaiya and four others have been accused in the FIR under IPC sections related to murder, criminal conspiracy, rioting, intentional insult to provoke violence among others, CBI sources said. Both the cases have been taken by up by the CBI for probe as referred by the state government, the sources said. 44-year-old Raja Bhaiya, who resigned as a Cabinet Minister after he was booked for criminal conspiracy, has a criminal record and has been jailed before.

Haq's wife demands justice

CBI is dispatching a 10-member team of Special Crime investigation officers including forensic specialists tonight to reach the crime site in Kunda and will take over probe, sources said. "I hope for justice in the CBI probe. CBI must not come under any political pressure," Haq's wife said.

Two other cases which are inter-related with the killing of the DSP--murders of Balipur village head Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav--have also been taken up by the agency for the probe making the total number of FIRs taken by CBI as four, they said.

Probe on basis of FIRs filed by state police

CBI sources said the agency will start the probe on the basis of FIRs filed by the state police. They made it clear that all the accused have been named by the state government. The agency would also take up the custody of two accused arrested by the state police--Rajeev Singh and Sanjay Singh alias Guddu Singh considered to be close aide of Raja Bhaiya, they said  Rajeev Singh is an accused in the murder of Nanhe Yadav who was killed on March 2 at 7.30 PM in Balipur, Kunda, while Guddu Singh has been named in the FIR relating to murder of Haq and Suresh Yadav.

After getting the information about Nanhe Yadav's murder, Haq had reached the site where he along with Suresh Yadav were allegedly attacked by a mob and killed by them, FIRs alleged. While Haq was killed at nine in the night, Suresh died 15 minutes later, it said.

It was a planned murder: Haq's wife

In the FIR filed on the basis of complaint given by Haq's wife Parveen Azad, she has alleged, “On the directions of Raja Bhaiya, Nagar Panchayat Chairman Gulshan Yadav, minister's representative Hari Om Srivastava, his driver Rohit Singh and supporter Guddu Singh first assaulted my husband with sticks and rods and later shot him dead."

The FIR filed on SHO's complaint has named 10 accused, all resident of Balipur, but it does not include name of Raja Bhaiya or his aides. Under this FIR, the accused have been booked under IPC sections related to dacoity with murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty among others, the sources said.

In the murder of village head Nanhe Yadav, four persons including Ajay Kumar Pal, Kamala Kumar Pal, Ajeet Singh and Raja Bhaiya's alleged aide Rajeev Kumar Singh have been named while Vijay Kumar, Sanjay Kumar Pal, Rajkumar Saroj and Guddu Singh have been named in the murder of his brother Suresh Yadav under the charges of murder and other relevant provisions.

(Agencies)

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