The CBI is investigating the March 2 murder of Pratapgarh village headman Nanhe Yadav, his brother Suresh, and the killing, hours later, by a violent mob, of deputy superintendent of police Zia-ul-Haq.
“[CBI team noticed the] immense political pressure and influence on these cops. These cops are politically loyal and witnesses in the village fear vendetta so are reluctant to testify before us,” said CBI officials.
The Principal Secretary of the Home Ministry has confirmed receiving the letter and has said the state government is looking into it.
“We have received a letter from the CBI requesting transfer of the police officers. We are transferring all the rank officers from the specific circle since the CBI letter does not mention the ranks of officers. We want a fair probe so we are transferring all the officers posted at the circle,” said ADGP Law & Order Arun Kumar.