Naugachia, Aug. 1: Government Railway Police (GRP) have sought co-operation of the people of Naugachia to help them solve the murder of Assam student Pritam Bhattacharjee.
Pritam’s family members from Silchar alleged that GRP’s negligence was responsible for failing to solve the murder of the youth, 22 days after he went missing.
They also demanded a CBI probe into the case.
Additional director-general of police (rail) P.N. Roy, who arrived in Naugachia, 250km east of Patna, on Mo nday, conducted a meeting with the people representatives, including the mukhiya, the sarpanch and the deputy mukhiya, at Rangra block office today.
“The incident has maligned the image of Bihar as well as your areas. People outside have started describing residents of these areas as notorious goons and criminals. Do you like to have such compliments from the people from other states?” he asked the people there.
“Please come forward and try to help the police. I assure you that the police would not disclose names of those who divulge information about the criminals who killed Pritam,” he appealed to the residents.
Roy gave his cellphone number, along with those of his subordinates, to those who had gathered on the block premises. He constituted two special teams with Naugachia police and the GRP for intensifying raids.
The police on July 30 picked up one Budla Yadav, a close associate of Moti Yadav, a criminal, at Chapar village.
They picked up four more persons from the village. “We are interrogating them,” a senior GRP officer said.
Pritam’s family members have expressed concerns over Tuesday’s meeting.
“Is this not funny? First, they have no clue about the culprits behind Pritam’s murder. Now they are asking the people of the area to help. The area is notorious. How can the police expect the people of such a place to come forward and help them out?” Pritam’s uncle Ram Mohon Bhattacharjee said.
“The hope of justice is minimal if the case stays with the Bihar police. Therefore, we humbly appeal to chief minister Nitish Kumar to hand over the case to the CBI so that the culprits can be apprehended and punished,” Kajjal Kanti Purkayasth, another uncle of Pritam said.