CBI grills Raja Bhaiyya kin over Kunda killings

SP MLC questioned on ‘threats’ to slain pradhan; Akshay Pratap denies allegations.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:March 31, 2013 2:02 am

The CBI today questioned Samajwadi Party MLC Akshay Pratap Singh alias Gopalji in connection with alleged threats given to slain pradhan Nanhey Yadav’s brother Pawan and also about his presence at Balipur village after murders of Nanhey,his brother Suresh and Deputy SP Ziaul Haque.

The murders had taken place on March 2.

Akshay Pratap is a relative of former UP minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya,who is an accused in the Deputy SP murder case.

Sources confirmed that the MLC was questioned for about two hours and allowed to go in the evening with an instruction to appear before the CBI whenever summoned.

Pradhan’s brother Pawan had given a complaint to the CBI yesterday alleging Raja Bhaiyya and his aides,including an independent MLA Vinod Saroj,had threatened pradhan’s family.

However,when asked,he confirmed that he did not mention MLC Akshay’s name in the complaint.

Pawan told The Indian Express that he had told the CBI during questioning that MLC Akshay had reached the mortuary late in the night on March 2 where the bodies of his brothers Nanhey and Suresh were brought for post-mortem examination. The MLC stayed with him until the post-mortem was conducted and the bodies were handed over to the family.

He also told the agency that Akshay forced him and his brothers Phoolchand and Sudhir to take the bodies straight for cremation. The MLC had even forcibly got the bodies kept in a vehicle arranged by him. They requested him to take the bodies to their house where the family members and other relatives were waiting to conduct last rites.

But,Pawan alleged,Akshay did not allow for the same and the vehicle carrying the bodies reached straight to the place where the cremation had to be conducted.

He alleged that the MLC accompanied him constantly till the last rites were over and kept intimidating him all the time to keep mum about Raja Bhaiyya and his men.

The sources said that Akshay was questioned about Pawan’s allegations against him and the reason behind his visit to Balipur village. He was also questioned about his presence at the mortuary and taking the bodies of pradhan and Suresh “forcibly” for cremation.

However,Akshay reportedly denied the allegations and said that he had visited the cremation site only to pay his tribute as the pradhan belonged to his area.

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