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Mayawati transfers police officials

Atiq Khan

LUCKNOW: Within hours of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) beginning the probe into the Noida double murder case on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati removed the IG, Meerut Zone, Gurdarshan Singh, the DIG, Meerut Range, P.C. Meena and the Noida (Gautam Buddha Nagar) SSP, A. Satish Ganesh.

Gyan Singh has been named the new IG, Meerut, P.V. Ramashastry as DIG, Meerut Range and R.K. Chaturvedi the SSP of Noida. Mr. Satish Ganesh has been shifted to Mathura in the same capacity, Mr. Gurdarshan Singh and Mr. Meena have been transferred as IG Railways, Allahabad, and DIG, Railways, Allahabad. Of the three, Mr. Ganesh was associated with the police probe in the double murder.

According to the Chief Minister, the decision to transfer these officials was taken to rule out the possibility of allegations that the policemen associated with the case would try to influence the probe. The State government wanted the truth to prevail and also to ward off the possibility of being blamed that it was trying to create obstacles for the CBI, Ms. Mayawati told a news conference here. She directed Principal Secretary, Home, Kunwar Fateh Bahadur and DGP Vikram Singh to render all assistance to the Central investigating agency. She said the police had gathered important evidence. But, as the Talwar family had cast doubts on the probe by the State police the case had been referred to the CBI with the letter recommending the probe being sent to the Centre the same day, the CM added.

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