Action comes after the CBI shoots off letter to the State Govt.

Acting at the behest of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which had gathered “inputs that the police officials in Kunda were close to some influential persons of the area, which was affecting the probe”, the State Government on Wednesday shunted out the entire staff, including the station officers, of the four police stations in Kunda . These police stations are Kunda, Hathigawan, Manikpur and Nawabganj.

The central investigating agency is conducting a probe in the high-profile triple murder case in which a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Zia-ul-Haque , a gram pradhan, Nanhe Yadav and his brother, Suresh Yadav were killed in Balipur village in Pratapgarh district on March 2.

Kunda MLA and former Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, who has been named as an accused in the fourth FIR has been charged with criminal conspiracy in the murder of the DSP. Even though a close aide of the former Minister, Akhshay Pratap Singh has been questioned by the CBI, the Kunda MLA is yet to be quizzed by the investigating agency.

Suspecting that the station officers of Kunda, Hathigawan, Manikpur and Nawabganj police stations, Prakash Rai, Nishi Kant Rai, Pankaj Kumar Singh and Arvind Kumar Singh were allegedly influencing the witnesses in the case, the CBI had shot off a letter to the State Government seeking the transfer of the SOs. State Home Secretary S.N. Upadhaya said on Wednesday that the letter, dated March 28, 2013 , was written by R.S. Bhati, Joint Director, SCZ ( Special Crime Zone ) , CBI Headquarters, New Delhi. It was addressed to the Director General of Police, A.C. Sharma and Principal Secretary, Home, RM Srivastava, the Home Secretary told reporters.

Mr. Upadhaya said the CBI’s request was received by the Government on April 1. He added that the Government has already said that it would assist the CBI.

The State I-G ( Law and Order ) Raj Kumar Vishwakarma said the entire staff of the four police stations have been transferred. The CBI had requested for the transfer of only the station officers of the four police stations in Kunda. Mr. Vishwakarma said the transfer order has been executed by the I-G of Allahabad Zone.

Following the triple murder, which were executed within a span of two and a half hours on March 2 in Balipur village, the Kunda SHO, Sarvesh Kumar Mishra and the Hathigawan SHO, Manoj Kumar Shukla were suspended by the State Government for dereliction of duty.

The two police officials were with DSP Zia-ul-Haque in Balipur village and had fled the scene when the police team was attacked by an angry mob in the wake of the Gram Pradhan’s murder. Left alone, Mr. Haque was killed by some persons who were in the mob.

Even the DSP’s gunner had abandoned him. He too was suspended.

The suspended SHO’s have been interrogated by the CBI, but no headway has been made, exactly a month of the gruesome crime.