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Mill owner in cop net over theft

Darbhanga, Nov. 12: The owner of Ashok Paper Mill, Dharam Godha, was arrested today from the factory on charges of forgery and theft.

District senior superintendent of police (SSP) Garima Malik said: “Godha was produced in court and sent to Darbhanga divisional jail. A case of forgery and stealing spare parts of machinery was lodged against him on Saturday at the Ashok Paper Mill police station.”

On Saturday evening, a person identified as Sushil Sah was allegedly killed in police firing, when a mob comprising former mill employees and residents of the area caught a truck reportedly trying to transport spare parts out of the factory. Two others, Jay Kumar Yadav and Dukhi Sah, were injured in the firing.

“Investigations are on. We don’t know if Sushil Sah died in police firing or someone else shot him,” said SSP Malik.

A source said: “The mill has been shut down for several years and the wages of the workers are pending. Spare parts were reported being stolen from the mill over the past year. The mill owner, in collusion with the local police, was stealing spare parts from the mill on the pretext of opening it. The employees had been keeping a close watch on the illegal activities. On Saturday, they intercepted a truck smuggling out the spare parts from the factory. They were about to set fire to the truck when the police intervened.”