Uttar Pradesh minister to face murder case

August 6th, 2011 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party Etah (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 6 (IANS) An Uttar Pradesh court Saturday directed police to register a murder case against Avadh Pal Singh Yadav, animal husbandry and dairy development minister in the Mayawati government.

Etah district Chief Judicial Magistrate Santosh Buddhi Sagar Misra’s order came on an application moved by the brother of a private security guard Santosh, who was gunned down June 10.

The guard was killed along with his employer Vijay Verma and his son Mithun Verma, in Jaithra town of Etah district, about 270 km from state capital Lucknow.

The slain security guard’s brother Anurodh alleged that the murders were masterminded by Yadav.

He alleged that the minister’s two brothers - Chandra Pratap Singh, a ruling Bahujan Samaj Party legislator, and Amarpal Singh Yadav - as well as the minister’s son Ranjit Yadav were part of the murder conspiracy.

The triple murder was carried out by five masked men.

The jeweller’s family initially named the minister as the brain behind the murder but subsequently withdrew their allegations.

Anurodh sought registration of a case of murder and criminal conspiracy against the minister, his two brothers and son.

He also accused the local administration and police of turning down his request to take action against the minister.

The minister was recently indicted by the Lok Ayukta for corruption.

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