UP writes to Centre,seeks CBI probe

Days before Lakhimpur Kheri goes to the polls,the Mayawati government recommended a CBI probe into the death of Health department junior clerk Mahendra Sharma whose decomposed body

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 27, 2012 4:09 am

Days before Lakhimpur Kheri goes to the polls,the Mayawati government on Sunday recommended a CBI probe into the death of Health department junior clerk Mahendra Sharma whose decomposed body was found in his flat at the Pasgawan community health centre premises on February 15.

Home Secretary Deepak Kumar said a letter recommending CBI investigation had been sent to the Centre.

The police said Sharma had been missing since February 7 after he was asked to submit records of funds received from the state government for various NRHM schemes. His body,bearing injury marks,was found lying in the kitchen. His family stayed in Lakhimpur town,90 km away.

The post-mortem examination found five ante-mortem superficial injuries on the upper part of the body,including face,shoulder and ears. It said the death was caused by asphyxia due to ante-mortem smothering. The viscera was sent for forensic tests.

But the police ruled out murder,as the two doors in Sharma’s flat were found bolted from inside. The police had to break into the flat and the act was video recorded. A open packet of sulphas,an insecticide,was found in the bedroom.

However,a case of murder was registered against six health officials of Lakhimpur,including CMO J P Bhargava and Deputy CMO Balbir Singh,on a complaint lodged by Sharma’s wife Mithlesh. The other four are Superintendent of the CHC S C Gupta,CHC clerk Rajesh Kumar Hans and UP Health Ministerial Association’s Kheri district unit president Kuldip Mishra and secretary Munna Lal Verma.

She alleged that her husband was being harassed to sign certain documents in back date and was killed when he refused.

On February 22,the Lakhimpur Kheri police claimed it had found a suicide note,addressed to the district magistrate,carrying Sharma’s initials and dated February 7 blaming Bhargava,Gupta and Hans for driving him to suicide.

The police said the note accused Dr Balbir Singh of taking a bribe of Rs 20,000 to prevent Sharma’s transfer to Dhaurahra CHC in March 2010.

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