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CBI sleuths find slain DSP’s service pistol

CBI sleuths find slain DSP’s service pistol
Almost a fortnight after the killings of Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq, gram pradhan of Balipur, Nanhe Yadav, and his brother Suresh, the CBI sleuths made a major breakthrough by recovering a 9 mm pistol which is believed to be the missing service pistol of the slain DySP who was killed on 2 March.

Surprisingly, the pistol was found in the bushes close to the spot where Nanhe Yadav was sprayed with bullets while only two days back, the CBI sleuths, despite being equipped with metal detecting gadgets, had failed to find it. Even as the CBI sleuths maintained a studied silence over the recovery, Additional Superintendent of Police of Pratapgarh, Asaram Yadav, confirmed that a 9 mm pistol had indeed been found but he refused to give further details.

In another development, two of the prime accused in the murder of Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh, surrendered before the CBI team at its camp office in the Panchayat Bhawan at Kunda. Kamta Prasad Pal and his son Ajay Kumar have been named in the FIR filed in connection with the killings of the Balipur pradhan and his brother.

Pal and his son were grilled by the CBI sleuths to piece together the exact sequence of events on the fateful day. With the surrender of Pal and Ajay, three of the four accused in the pradhan's murder are now in the CBI net and only one–Ajit Kumar Singh– is absconding.

CBI had taken Sanjeev Pratap Singh alias Guddu Singh and Rajeev Pratap alias Raju Singh, both aides of independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh, to the scene of crime and grilled them. The CBI has taken the duo on a five-day remand. The CBI team also took gram pradhan’s son, Yogendra, and brother, Phool Chand, to the spot and tried to recreate the crime scene with their help.


THE MURDER GAME

  • Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq was shot dead on 2 March

  • The 9 mm service pistol was found in the bushes

  • The site was close to the place Nanhe Yadav was sprayed with bullets on 2 March

  • Two days ago, despite being armed with metal detectors, CBI had not been able to find the gun

  • The CBI were tight-lipped about the find but police confirm the discovery of the 9 mm pistol
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