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Gangster confesses to 16 murders

Gangster Praduman Kumar Sharma alias Mantu Sharma has confessed to having murdered 16 people, including BSNL contractor Ram Naresh Sharma and National Litchi Research Centre security guard Ratnesh Singh.

Special Task Force personnel in Lucknow nabbed the underworld don from the state, who has been eluding the police for 13 years, on January 8. He was brought to the town on a transit remand on Wednesday night.

On Thursday morning, a team of the economic offences unit visited Muzaffarpur and interrogated Sharma. Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar was present during the interrogation. Rajesh said: “Mantu Sharma confessed to murdering BSNL contractor Ram Naresh Sharma in 2005 and Ratnesh Singh, a security guard at the National Litchi Research Centre, Mushari, in 2010, besides 14 other people in Patna, Vaishali, Samastipur and other districts.”

He added that Sharma has also confessed to amassing wealth to the tune of Rs 50 crore through extortion, abduction and grabbing contracts of the central public works department in Patna. His associate Shambhu is still absconding.

Shambhu and Sharma formed a gang in 1999. Police said according to Sharma, his partner-in-crime is hiding in Himachal Pradesh. The state government had announced a prize of Rs 1 lakh on the duo.

“He also revealed the names of his gang members Shambhu, Dilip Singh, Durgesh, Manoj, Rinku, Satish Thakur and Pawan Rai,” said the SSP.

Sharma also informed the police about his bank accounts in Muzaffarpur, Patna and Lucknow. The senior police officers also learnt of the names of several contractors and public works department engineers who had associated with him. “These names will be verified and they will be interrogated,” said SSP Rajesh.

He added that Patna police would also interrogate Sharma, who is now lodged in the terrorist cell of Khudiram Bose Memorial Central Jail. The police would appeal to the court to conduct speedy trial in all cases of Sharma.


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