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Cops detain four for murder

Four persons were detained for interrogation on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Pankaj Yadav alias Pappu, the brother-in-law of former RJD MP Subash Yadav, and his domestic help Babloo.

Pankaj’s bullet-riddled body was recovered from Nirala Nagar locality in west Patna on Tuesday. The corpse of Babloo was found at Pankaj’s Aakashwani road residence. Subash Yadav is a brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

A senior police officer involved in the investigation said an employee of Legislative Council, identified as Naushad, was among the four persons interrogated by the investigating team on Wednesday. Naushad was considered to be close to Pankaj. Some people associated with liquor business were also quizzed.

Members of a special investigation team have been assigned to investigate the murder. The officer also said printout of the call list of Pankaj’s cellphone, which was recovered from near his in-laws’ house at Maner, had also been obtained.

“The scrutiny of the call list will help the police zero in on the murderers, who are suspected to be well-acquainted with the deceased.”

He said some people associated with transport and liquor trade were also under the surveillance of the investigating team.

“A cop could also visit Gopalganj to gather information about Pankaj, who was a native of the north Bihar district,” the officer said.

Sources said Pankaj had a strained relation with his wife, who along with her child has been living at her parents’ house at Maner in Patna rural for the past year-and-a-half. The police did not rule out an extra marital relationship to be the reason behind the murders. The cops also interrogated Pankaj’s wife.

Residents of Aakashwani Road told the police that they had noticed suspicious activities at Pankaj’s residence, particularly at night. “Though Pankaj was not directly involved in transport business, he had invested a lot of money in the lucrative trade. This may be another reason behind the murder,” a resident of the area said.

“Prime facie, it appears that Pankaj was killed elsewhere and his body was dumped at a place behind Digha police station. The way he had been killed suggested that some close acquaintance might be involved in the crime,” an investigating officer said.

The police carried out raids at Rajiv Nagar late on Wednesday evening and picked up some suspects. A dog squad was also pressed into service.

Deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Vivekanand said the police had not gathered any substantial clue till now. “Raids are on to apprehend the assailants,” he said, adding that the case was being probed from different angles.

“Forensic experts, too, had gathered evidences on Tuesday. However, their report is still awaited,” an investigating officer said. The police have also failed to recover Pankaj’s car, which is missing.