In a breakthrough in the Pratapgarh triple murder case,the CBI Saturday recovered DSP Ziaul Haques service pistol and three empty shells related to the murder of village pradhan Nanhe Yadav from the bushes in Balipur village where Yadav,his brother Suresh and the police officer were shot dead on March 2.
The recovery of the firearm and the shells were made following interrogation of the pradhans son and brother Pawan and suspended station officer of Hathigawan police station Manoj Shukla. The cartridges in the pistol belonging to Haque,who was the circle officer,have been found intact,which suggests that no gunshot was fired from the weapon,the sources said.
The pistol was found missing when the police had reached the spot after Haques murder. His cellphone is also missing since then.
Meanwhile,two of the main accused named in pradhan Nanhe Yadavs murder case Kamta Pal and his son Ajay Pal appeared before CBI Saturday morning. They were absconding since the pradhans murder. They are being questioned.
The police officers pistol and one empty shell of .315 bore and two of .38 bore were recovered from the bushes at a secluded place,which is about 20 metres from the spot where the pradhan was shot dead. The bushes are about 500 metres away from the spot where Haques body was found and the place is in opposite direction. Both the firearm and the shells were lying in the same bushes.
The CBI team began a search for the pistol this morning after the pradhans son and brother told the agency that the pistol might be recovered somewhere in or around the village. They also had told the CBI that then SO Manoj Shukla can help trace it. Shukla too was questioned and was taken along during the search operation.
It was Shukla who took the CBI officials to the particular bushes where the pistol and three shells were found lying. Sources said the shells found are of the same calibre used in pradhans murder.
The pradhans son and brother have emerged as prime suspects in the police officers murder.