Special Correspondent

  • Murder said to be a fallout of political rivalry
  • Atiq Ahmed's brother named main accused

    LUCKNOW: The Mayawati Government has recommended a CBI inquiry into the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Raju Pal in Allahabad on January 26, 2005.

    A letter in this regard has been sent to the Union Home Ministry, K. Chandramouli, Principal Secretary (Home), told newspersons here on Tuesday.

    The murder was said to be a fallout of Pal's political rivalry with Samajwadi Party MP Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf Azeem. The MP's brother was named the main accused and arrested.

    Their rivalry dates back to the time Pal lost the 2002 Assembly election to Mr. Ahmed from Allahabad West. Mr. Ahmed, however, resigned his seat following his election to the Lok Sabha from Phulpur in 2004. In the by-election from Allahabad West in November 2004, Mr. Azeem lost to Pal. The MLA was gunned down in broad daylight as he was going to his native village to participate in Republic Day celebrations. In yet another by-election from Allahabad West in 2005, Mr. Azeem defeated Pal's wife, Puja Pal by a narrow margin. However, in the recent Assembly elections, Ms. Pal defeated him in the same constituency.

    In 2005, she filed a writ petition in the Allahabad High Court demanding a CBI inquiry into her husband's killing. The State Government filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court pleading that there was no need for a CBI probe as its agencies, including the Special Task Force, were on the job.