Patna, June 9: Intensive raids on the hideouts of Abhay Pandey, believed to be a prime suspect in the murder of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh “Mukhiya”, led to the surrender of his close associate Moughal alias Sonu Choudhary before the Bhojpur police today.
Moughal, son of one Binod Choudhary and neighbour of the slain chief of the defunct militia of landlords, surrendered before Bhojpur superintendent of police M.R. Naik at Ara.
Sources said Choudhary’s house was searched by the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) today.
Officials associated with the investigation said Moughal was closely associated with Abhay and made frequent calls on the latter’s cell phone before and after the killing of Brahmeshwar at Katira in Ara town on June 1.
“Moughal is being interrogated by the SIT,” a senior police officer said.
The police conducted raids on the suspected hideouts of Abhay Pandey, son of one Surendra Pandey of Katira. The sources said Abhay, who is facing charges of serious offences, including attempt to murder, hoodwinked the police who had gone to arrest him on June 6.
The SIT started its search for Abhay after the arrest of Monu from Jamshedpur on June 5. “We have already procured the warrant of arrest against Abhay from the court. If he is not arrested or he does not surrender before the police, we will initiate the process of attachment of his immovable property,” a member of the SIT said.
He said the police have elicited significant information from Monu and Sunny, who were taken on five-day remand for further interrogation.
He, however, refused to share more information on the plea that it would hamper the investigations.
The SIT has filed a petition in the Ara court seeking permission for narco analysis and polygraph tests on Monu and Sunny.
The SIT, however, released Kunal Pandey, a close relative JD(U) MLA Narendra Kumar Pandey alias Sunil Pandey, after questioning.
In a new twist to the probe, a youth, who had claimed himself to be the grandson of Brahmeshwar and disclosed the name of JD(U) MLA from Tarari Sunil Pandey, turned out to be a fictitious person.
Even the slain Sena chief’s family members expressed surprise over the claim of the man in question.
“Indu Bhushan, the youngest son of Brahmeshwar Singh, also refused to identify the man in question,” said the SIT member.
He said the police have launched an operation to ascertain the identity of the man in question.