Opposition stalls UP Assembly

Opposition parties in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly stalled the proceedings on Wednesday to protest against the government’s alleged shielding of sacked minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, whose name has figured in the murder of a senior cop, even as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav remained evasive on Singh’s arrest.

The opposition parties raised heckles over the fact that the FIR lodged by the police in connection with the Saturday’s violence at Kunda in Pratapgarh district does not include the names Raja Bhaiya or his henchmen.

Three people, including senior police officer Zia-ul-Haque, were killed in the violence. They said four days after his name figured in the case, Raja Bhaiya has not been questioned by the police and raised doubts about the impartiality of the investigation.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav visited the families of Nanhe Yadav and Suresh Yadav, the two brothers killed in the violence, and gave them cheques of Rs 20 lakh each on Wednesday. But he skirted the questions over the arrest of the sacked minister.

“The investigations are going on...whosoever is found guilty will be sternly dealt with,” the chief minister said.

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