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MLA to face kidnap probe

Patna, Feb. 20: Police will interrogate controversial JD(U) MLA from Mokama Anant Kumar Singh in connection with the alleged abduction of Barh resident Abhay Singh.

Station house officer (SHO) of Beur police station Mukhlal Paswan today said: “Anant and his two associates — Rajiv Singh and Chhotan Singh — have been made named accused in a case related to the abduction of Abhay for murder. They would be interrogated.”

Paswan, however, said the police’s top priority was to recover the victim. “We have been conducting raids on the basis of information given by Abhay’s son, Raju. He has been accompanying the raiding team,” the SHO said, adding that raids were carried out in the urban and the rural areas of Patna.

Paswan said the contradictory statements of the victim’s wife Pratima Devi and the complainant, Raju,have made the task of the investigating officers’ difficult. “We are trying to ascertain the veracity of their statements,” he told The Telegraph.

Raju had told the police that Anant Singh, along with his associates, came to his Beur residence in an SUV on February 14 and asked his father to accompany him to reach a compromise in a case in which the MLA had been made an accused. The family started looking for Abhay when he did not return home till February 16.

Raju said he could not meet Anant on February 16 because the MLA was not at his residence. The next day he met the MLA, who confirmed that his father was at his residence and assured him that he would return home in a day or two, the police quoted Raju as saying.

“We got suspicious after my father did not return home even on February 18. Ee finally decided to report the matter to the police on February 19,” he said.

On the other hand, Pratima told the police that Anant had called on her husband at his residence in the town for some work.

Sources said Abhay, a close relative of Viveka Pahalwan, the arch rival of the don-turned MLA, was a witness in the murder of his brother Sanjeet Pahalwan, who was killed at Barh in Patna rural in 2009. Viveka is at present lodged in the Barh-sub-divisional jail.

Anant denied the allegation and said the investigating officers would unravel the truth.