Asaram rape case:CBI probe ordered into witness murder

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The U​ttar ​Pradesh government has recommended a CBI probe into the murder of witness Akhil Gupta, in the ​Asaram ​Bapu ​rape case.​ An official release issued from the state home department announced in Lucknow this evening.

Gupta, 35, was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar in January while he was on his way home from work.​ Gupta was a cook and personal aide of Asaram Bapu​ and ​was considered an important witness in the case.​

AIR correspondent reports that ​Mr Gupta was the second of three witnesses killed in the case ​so ​far. Six others have survived attacks on them.​ Earlier this month, ​witness Kripal Singh was ​also ​shot ​dead in Shahjahanpur​ of UP​.

​Deceased Akhil Gupta’s father, Naresh Gupta had sought a CBI probe into the murder of his son alleging that the local police failed to trace the accused in Muzaffarnagar.​ Talking to reporters in Muzaffarnagar, Naresh said that he has sent a letter to the Gujarat government, demanding a CBI probe into his son’s murder.​ ​He said that local police has failed to trace the assailants even after six months since the incident took place.​

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