Relative of Mau MLA surrenders

LUCKNOW: One of the 10 accused in the sensational killing of BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai on Thursday surrendered in a Ghazipur court.

Ejaj-ul-Haq, a relative of controversial Mau Independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari, surrendered before the Ghazipur Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), who remanded him to 14-day judicial custody. He was later sent to jail.

Ansari, who is also accused in the high-profile murder case, is already lodged in jail in another case.

Meanwhile, resentment prevailed in east Uttar Pradesh districts over the gruesome assassination of Mr Rai.

His last rites were performed amid stepped-up security at Varanasi on Wednesday night.

Even as the BJP protest continued, party president Lal Krishna Advani is slated to visit Ghazipur on December 6 to offer condolences to the bereaved family.

Mr Advani, possibly with some senior national leaders, would visit Mr Rai's native place, the State BJP spokesman said here.

CBI probe demanded

A dharna to protest the daylight killing of the MLA continued for the third day in Varanasi on Thursday with the State BJP president, Keshari Nath Tripathi, leading it.

Senior party leaders Rajnath Singh and Kalarj Mishra also sat on the dharna demanding a CBI probe into the incident.

According to a report from Varanasi, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had telephoned Rajnath Singh and urged him to discontinue the indefinite dharna.

A report from Ghazipur said an agitated mob had vandalised and set afire the Tazpur railway station in the district.

On Wednesday night, Karimuddinpur railway station was also damaged by a rampaging mob protesting the killing.

The BJP MLA along with his seven supporters was gunned down in broad daylight near Basheri village in the Bhanwarkot area of Ghazipur district on November 29.

The BJP, meanwhile, claimed that after East Uttar Pradesh, protests were witnessed in the western part of the State as well with reports of demonstrations at Rampur and Meerut. In Jhansi also, the BJP workers staged a demonstration.

The BJP spokesman said the party would continue with its agitation till the culprits were booked. UNI