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Murder accused gives in

Ranchi, Feb. 25: Manoj Singh, the vice-chairman of Daltonganj Municipal Board, on Monday surrendered before the court of the Ranchi chief judicial magistrate Suresh Prasad in connection with a murder case. He was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

Singh, who had been named as an accused after the murder of Ajsu leader Bobby Khan in April, 2010, was sent to Daltonganj central prison, around 170km from the state capital.

According to local sources Singh — in the presence of 200 supporters — gave himself up before the chief judicial magistrate. He had been earlier declared as an “absconder” by the court, which asked the police to attach his property last week.

Palamau SP Anup T. Mathew later confirmed the surrender and said Singh, besides being an accused in the Bobby Khan murder, was also wanted for the murder of Pappu Khan (39).

Pappu Khan, the brother of Bobby, had been killed in February this year, with a written complaint before Saahar police station later naming Singh as an accused.

Bobby, a gangster-turned politician, had been gunned down in front of his Jail Hata residence as he got out of a car. The police said five people sitting in a car fired indiscriminately on Bobby killing him on the spot.

Pappu, on the other hand, had been shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants hen he was on his way to a bank in Redma locality of Palamau. He was shot twice.

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