Two former PLFI rebels accused of murdering a 65-year-old on Saturday evening were nabbed in the wee hours of Sunday.
Lapung residents Chottu Singh and Rajesh Gope, both under 30 years old, killed farmer Baleshwar Singh in Ulidih village, about 30km from the capital, on Sunday evening. They were nabbed within hours of the incident. A loaded country-made pistol, three .315 bore live cartridges and two mobile phones were retrieved from them.
Addressing a press conference, senior superintendent of police of Ranchi Saket Kumar Singh said the victim was returning home after a weekly haat when he was shot dead around 5.15pm.
“The Lapung police swung into action and launched an intense search with initial inputs to nab both accused,” said Singh, lauding the police team for their speed.
Singh said the duo were active members of PLFI and were operating from Simdega under area commander Surya till a year ago. “Both had past criminal records in Simdega ranging from murder, burning tractors for levy and attacking policemen,” said Singh.
After the two left the group, they went to Delhi and Goa. They returned this year a few days before Durga Puja to work for the group again. However, following the arrest of Surya recently, they changed their minds.
Singh said Saturday’s incident was a fallout of rivalry between Chottu and the deceased over some land issue.
The senior SP office has now forwarded the names of investigating officials from Lapung police station for police awards.
“Good work should be acknowledged to motivate men in uniform. So, I have forwarded a proposal to award the station in-charge and a couple of other jawans involved in this case,” said Singh.