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Haryana seeks CBI probe into Rajbir killing

Two days after ACP Rajbir Singh’s father and son demanded a CBI probe into the murder, suspecting a deeper conspiracy, Haryana chief minister Bhupender Singh Hooda said on Thursday that his government has decided to seek a probe by the agency. State director-general of police (DGP) R S Dalal said they would be sending a request letter to the Centre on Monday.

“As demanded by the deceased’s family, I have directed the state DGP to request the Centre for an investigation into the killing of ACP Rajbir Singh by the CBI. Family members of Rajbir rang me up late last night, requesting that the murder be probed by CBI,” said Hooda, adding that his government would want the agency to look into the circumstances that led to the ACP’s murder.

The DGP told Times City that investigation by Gurgaon police was on the right track, but the case was being transferred to the Central agency as Rajbir’s family had expressed doubts over the alleged killer’s tale. “Since the deceased’s family members have claimed that the property dealer, Vijay Bhardwaj, could never have killed the ACP, we have decided to hand over the probe to CBI for their satisfaction,” he added.

It may be recalled that Rajbir’s son Rohit had said on Friday that his family had no faith in the Gurgaon police. “How can we believe them when we have learnt that an ASI was in regular touch with the accused and he was also a member of the investigation team? We were informed about the murder several hours after the police identified my father’s body. All of these has made us suspicious of their. They are trying to hush up the case,” Rohit had said.

According to Gurgaon police, Vijay has confessed to shooting the ACP inside his M G Road office on Monday night and they have found no other plausible motive behind the murder, other than the financial dispute between the two. “We have got a list of 33 persons to whom Vijay owed about Rs 6 crore,” a senior officer said.

The Delhi Police, however, suspect the involvement of these creditors too. “We have sought details of these people. We have to establish who among them had links with the ACP and would have benefited from his death,” said an officer.

Adding to the mystery behind the ACP’s death, his wife and brother have claimed that Vijay was not a family friend. “I don’t know him by face or recall studying with him,” said Rajbir’s brother.

However, a top Gurgaon police officer said they even have a list of hotels where the two met. To this, Rajbir’s father Mamchand Yadav said when investigators should be trying to find the real killer, they were wasting time on “unnecessary” issues.

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