December 27, 2008 2:46:56 am
After Executive Engineer M K Gupta’s murder in Auraiya, Chief Minister Mayawati and Director General of Police Vikram Singh said that two PWD engineers were involved and it was a fallout of “departmental rivalry.”
However, the investigation into the case shows engineers are not involved and a senior district-level functionary of the BSP is under the scanner.
DIG of Kanpur range Kamal Saxena said: “We have traced the identity of the accused and they are not engineers. They are absconding but we will arrest them soon.”
While Saxena refused to reveal the identity of the men wanted for the murder, sources said one of them could be a local BSP bigwig.
The police have so far arrested four persons: MLA Shekhar Tiwari, who has been booked under the NSA and Gangster Act, Manoj Awasthi, Dinesh Tiwari and Rambabu alias Poti.
Both Mayawati and Singh had denied allegations that Gupta had been murdered because he could not meet Auraiya MLA Shekhar Tiwari’s demand for money for her birthday. In support of his claim, the DGP had said that two of the accused, identified by Gupta’s wife as Bhatia and Tyagi, were PWD engineers. At her press conference on Thursday, Mayawati had also taken this line, although she did not mention Bhatia and Tyagi.
On Friday, police officers were evasive about the identity of Bhatia and Tyagi. Additional Director General of Law and order Brij Lal said, “We have identified them, but cannot disclose their identity as it could affect the investigation.”
Auraiya SP Nachiketa Jha said the identities could not be confirmed as Gupta’s family had gone to their hometown Lakhimpur-Kheri to perform his last rites. The police had claimed that Bhatia was an assistant engineer who was earlier posted in Auraiya but was no longer there while Tyagi was a junior engineer still posted in Auraiya. The Uttar Pradesh Engineers’ Association said that no engineer was involved in the murder. Association president A K Farooqui said, “I have checked my record and there is no assistant engineer in the PWD with the surname Bhatia.”
General Secretary S S Niranjan said that there was a junior engineer named Tyagi but “nothing could establish his link with any of the arrested accused”. Naresh Kumar Tyagi, the junior engineer, wondered why his name had been dragged into the case.
Tyagi said: “I dared not enter his room without permission, how could I enter his house and beat him up?” Tyagi said no police officer had visited him or questioned him. “I also met the District Magistrate, but he did not talk to me about the case,” he said.
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