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DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand government on Wednesday increased security in all 13 districts after a number of BJP workers and office-bearers held demonstrations and burnt effigies of chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and other top government functionaries including agriculture minister Harak Singh Rawat.

The protestors demanded a recommendation to the centre to order a CBI probe into the murder of Harak's former private secretary Yudhvir Singh Rawat's murder in Dehradun on August 8 by four contract killers allegedly at the behest of a woman identified as Sudha Patwal.

A senior IPS officer in Dehradun said 32-year-old Patwal was arrested from Dehradun on Monday and confessed her role. She denied allegations that she was close to Harak and said that she knew him as Congress worker and not more than that.

A senior police officer said during her interrogation, Patwal confessed to having hatched a conspiracy to gun down Yudhvir after he declined to return Rs 14 lakh paid to him a couple of weeks ago to seek admission of a student in a state government medical college during this academic session.

A police officer who interrogated Patwal said she also confessed that several fake admissions in state government medical colleges at Srinagar and Haldwani after paying hefty amounts allegedly through middlemen over the years.

Members of governing bodies of these colleges denied the allegation. "This is absolutely baseless charges against state government medical colleges as such admissions are not just possible," a member of governing body from Srinagar Medical College said.

Harak is also the minister for department of medical education. He dismissed the allegation against the department saying he is ready for any probe into what he described as "baseless and unfounded" allegations against the department. "These allegations aim at tarnishing my image," said Rawat.

Dehradun SSP Khurna said police have also arrested three contract killers who were allegedly hired by Patwal to kill Yudhvir. "We are trying to interrogate all arrested to get more leads," said a senior police officer.

The state-wide stir was organized by BJP state unit led by state chief Tirath Singh Rawat and leader of opposition Ajay Bhatt.

Hundreds of BJP workers also courted arrest and raised anti-government slogans throughout the day to protest against attempts by state government to shield those actually responsible for murder by trying to get the case hushed up by all means.

"The way chief minister Bahuguna refused to recommend for a CBI probe into Yudhvir's murder has indicated that government is bent upon shielding actual culprits responsible for crime," Tirath said.

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Dehradun police on Tuesday arrested Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) native Hari Om Vashishth, another accused in connection with murder of Yudhveer Singh Rawat, ex-PRO of Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Harak Singh Rawat.

The police had arrested Indiranagar Colony resident Sudha Patwal on Monday, the prime accused in the murder.She had allegedly taken Rs 14 lakh from Yudhveer Singh for enrolling a student in MBBS degree course in Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health Sciences. Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police Kewal Khurana said that during interrogation, Vashishth admitted that Patwal had offered him Rs 5 lakh to murder Yudhveer. According to Vashishth, Patwal, with the help of her acquaintances Shamli (Uttar Pradesh) native Umesh Chaudhary and another man Haridwar resident Sanjeev, eliminated Yudhveer on August 9.

Property dealer Vashishth said that he had come in contact with Patwal in July to purchase four bigha land at Jhajhra, Premnagar. The cost of land was finalised at Rs 40 lakh. Patwal had taken Rs eight lakh in advance from Vashishth for this land. Vashishth said that he refused to buy the land as Sudha had given false documents for the land after which he had demanded his money back. Patwal gave him some cash and jewelry amounting to Rs 3 lakh in phases. She told that she would return his Rs 5 lakh along with additional Rs 5 lakh for murdering Yudhveer as he has been putting pressure on her to return his Rs 14 lakh.

Vashishth along with Umesh Chaudhary had come to Dehradun on August 1 and stayed at a hotel. CCTV footage of the hotel had also confirmed their presence there. According to Vashishth, Sudha had introduced him as Anil Srivastava, administrative officer of SGRR Medical College to Yudhveer. Following her instruction, Vashishth and Chaudhary had reached Mussoorie Road crossing on August 8 evening.

According to Vashishth, Sudha and Yudhveer had reached Mussoorie Road and boarded his car. Yudhveer insisted on getting the money and she told Umesh Chaudhary and Sanjeev to hit him with a rod. Later, Patwal along with Umesh and Sanjeev killed Yudhveer. Several cases of murder against Umesh Chaudhary and Sanjeev were registered in the police stations of Meerut, Shamli and Haridwar, Ghaziabad in the past. Police have been deployed to arrest these criminals, SSP added.

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