Controversial Uttar Pradesh Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya was on Sunday booked for an alleged conspiracy to kill a senior police officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haque .
The slain police man’s wife had filed a police complaint, accusing Raja Bhaiya and his men of killing her husband. She alleged the minister was harassing the police officer as he was investigating a recent communal clash in Pratapgarh. Raja Bhaiya is a Cabinet Minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government and holds the Food and Civil Supplies portfolio.
Last month, he was divested of the prison department in a reshuffle. The minister has criminal cases against him. Zia-ul-Haque was among the two persons killed in Ballipur village of Pratapgarh district on Saturday during clashes that followed the murder of a village head.
The village head, Nanhe Yadav, was allegedly gunned down over a property dispute. Policemen who arrived at the village to investigate were beaten up and chased away by the villagers.
The police retaliated, resulting in a gunbattle. Zia-ul-Haque was killed in the crossfire between the police and villagers. He was shot in the chest and head. The brother of the village pradhan, Suresh Yadav, also died in the firing.
Source: India Today