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Lucknow: As opposition leaders demanded that former minister and independent legislator Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya be arrested on suspicion of conspiring to kill deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haq, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav yesterday remained non-committal.
Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislators staged a walkout in the state assembly, demanding the arrest of Raja Bhaiyya.
The chief minister said the matter was now referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation and one should wait for the law to take its course.
The chief minister had also visited the families of slain village pradhan (headman) Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh in Bilapur village of Pratapgarh.
Condemning the killing of the Yadav duo, which resulted in the arson and mob violence that claimed the senior official last weekend, the chief minister said the incident was tragic and said the state government would leave no stone unturned to hunt down the culprits. “There is no question that law and order was a priority for the state government and everything would be done to ensure that the law of the land prevailed,” Akhilesh Yadav said. He also gave ex-gratia cheques of Rs2m each to the families of the deceased village pradhan, Nanhe Yadav, and his brother,
Suresh Yadav. IANS