Arrested sharpshooter Bablu and Raju’s wife Puja at SSPs office in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Aug. 8: Ranchi police today claimed to have unravelled the mystery behind the July 28 murder of a Bengal youth. Three persons have been arrested.
Amit Mukherjee (24), who hailed from Haldia in Bengal, used to run a sex racket and was killed by a sharpshooter hired by his friend and former “business” partner Raju, police said today. Raju, a resident of Doranda, hatched the murder conspiracy to avenge Amit’s “betrayal” of running a parallel sex racket.
Amit was shot dead from point blank range in front of Hotel Yuvraj when he was returning to his Doranda home with Raju on the evening of July 28. Raju, who was unhurt, concocted a story before the police. “We did not believe Raju and suspected that he had a role in the murder. We mounted pressure on him during interrogations and finally, he spilled the beans,” said Ranchi senior superintendent of police (SSP) Praveen Kumar.
“Amit and Raju had been running a thriving sex racket in Ranchi, bringing girls from Bengal and supplying them to clients across the state capital. But in 2009, Raju was arrested and sent to jail on charges of indulging in immoral trafficking of women. While he was in jail, his wife Puja, alias Mukta, took over the sex racket. Mukherjee, meanwhile, walked out and started running a parallel sex racket,” Kumar added.
The SSP said that Raju became angry when he came to know about Amit’s “treachery” but could not take any step as he was behind bars.
After being released early this year, Raju hatched a murder plan. Kumar said he hired a sharpshooter, Bablu Singh, alias Gautam, from Midnapore in Bengal, to get rid of Amit.
“We arrested Bablu from Midnapore while Raju and his wife were nabbed from Doranda in Ranchi,” Kumar said.
New police buildings
Ranchi senior superintendent of police (SSP) Praveen Kumar said Chutia, Daily Market, Hindpiri and Sadar police stations would get new three-storey buildings. Tenders have been finalised and work will begin soon.
On security arrangements for Independence Day, Kumar said police and CRPF personnel have been put on high alert.
“All vehicles entering or leaving Ranchi as well as those plying in the city will be checked thoroughly from August 13,” the SSP said.