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CBI to quiz rebels for forest officer murder

A CBI team from New Delhi took two jailed Maoists on remand on Tuesday for interrogation in connection with the murder of former Rohtas divisional forest officer (DFO) Sanjay Singh.

The sleuths left for the national capital with the two accused under tight security arrangements. Singh was murdered by a group of rebels in the Rehal forest area while he was returning to the district headquarters of Rohtas after attending an official meeting on February 15, 2002. The case was handed over to the premier investigating agency on March 15, 2002.

Sources said a four-member CBI team took Abhay Yadav alias Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former area commander of the Naxalites, and associate Sudarshan Bhuyian on remand for further interrogation. The rebels were lodged in the Sasaram divisional jail.

“Abhay’s name figured in the FIR lodged in connection with the DFO murder case. He was a close associate of Birendra Yadav alias Rana, the then zonal commander of the banned outfit. Abhay had surrendered before police in July 2011,” Rohtas superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said.

Sources said initially 16 persons were named accused in the FIR. Later, the names of seven others were included on the basis of the statement of Binod Rajwar, who was arrested on May 1, 2002.

Both Binod and Rupesh were held guilty of murdering the officer and awarded life term by the Sasaram district and sessions judge in 2004.


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