March 11, 2013 3:35:05 am
Apart from seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into their deaths,the families of two policemen who died on duty have demanded compensation and benefits similar to that given by the government to the family of slain DSP Ziaul Haque. He was killed in Balipur village in Pratapgarh district on March 2.
Constable Sikander Ali was found murdered in Khalilabad area of Sant Kabir Nagar on January 17 and head constable Faiz Mohammad was found dead on October 1,2012. Their families have now accused the government of ignoring them and said that they would go on hunger strike if their demands are not met.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had visited Haques family in Deoria. He had given cheques of Rs 25 lakh each to his wife and parents and promised jobs to two members of the family. On the family request,he had also ordered for a CBI probe.
Ali,a native of Kushi Nagar,was attached to the Special Operation Group (SOG). The police had arrested another constable attached to the SOG,Ashwani Rai,and claimed that the murder was a fallout of a dispute. More than a month has passed but no police official is ready to say why Rai shot dead my husband. My husband was shot dead when he had gone on a raid, said Sikanders wife Neelofar Bano,who is a graduate. Mother of two children,Neelofar now stays with her brother Usman Ali in Gorakhpur. She said after Alis death,no one from the government visited them. I would be forced to come out on road and stage protest, she said.
Faiz Mohammad had died when he,along with two other constables,was returning to Agra on Sridham Express with a criminal Mohit Bhardwaj after producing him in a Delhi court. When the train crossed Mathura,unidentified men opened fire,in which Mohit died and the two other policemen got injured. Mohammads body was found on a railway track the next day. He had suffered from a head injury. The police said Mohammad could have probably slipped from the train in panic when the firing took place.
Mohammads eldest son,Mohammad Chamman,said the police at first believed that his father was hand-in-glove with the killers. They raided my house. The next evening,when they found the body on the track,they got convinced that my father also died in the incident. I demand compensation and jobs for by two brothers, he said. He too has sought a CBI probe.
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