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Cop at Speaker door

- Seeks probe into brother’s death on ship

A constable deputed at the office of rural SP Asim Vikrant Minz knocked on the doors of state Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh on Tuesday, seeking his help for a fair probe into the death of his brother aboard a ship near South Africa.

An officer of Essar Shipping Private Limited, 21-year-old Vikas Ranjan allegedly committed suicide on October 25. But constable Rajesh Kumar Singh suspects foul play.

“I don’t believe that my younger brother ended his life and want the matter to be thoroughly probed,” said Rajesh, addressing mediapersons at Kotwali police station.

Rajesh, a resident of Latma Road under Jagannathpur police station on the outskirts of Ranchi, said that Vikas completed a course in marine engineering from an institute in Visakhapattanam and underwent training at a port in Calcutta. He left Calcutta on October 9 this year.

“I last spoke to him on October 14 and he sounded happy. On October 26, I received a call from his captain, who claimed that my brother committed suicide the previous day, a few nautical miles from the South Africa port. However, the company has not sent the body to me, citing one pretext after the other,” the constable said.

Asked how he expected the Speaker to help, Rajesh said: “The Speaker can at least use his influence to ensure that a proper investigating agency takes up the case and conducts a fair probe,” Rajesh said.