A four-member police team from Punjab arrested a 40-year-old woman, accused in a murder case, in Ranchi on Monday morning.
Lajwanti Devi, alias Vimla Devi, was picked up from a house where she was working as a maid at Kishoreganj in Kotwali police station area.
Hailing from Gumla district, Lajwanti allegedly killed her “lover” after he refused to marry her in Punjab on September 12, 2012. She was on the run for almost a year.
On Monday afternoon, she was produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate Himanshu Shekhar, where the Punjab police team prayed for her transit remand. The court granted a three-day remand.
Assistant sub-inspector Amarjeet Singh, who is leading the Punjab team, said: “The lady stabbed to death one Hari Singh, who hailed from Bihar. Preliminary investigations revealed that Lajwanti and Hari had an affair and the murder was committed in a fit of rage after the latter refused to marry her. She went absconding thereafter.”
Singh further said during investigations, they came to know that Lajwanti had fled to her native place in Bano, Gumla. “When we visited her house yesterday (Sunday), we came to know from local residents that Lajwanti had got a job at Kishoreganj in the state capital,” Amarjeet said.
Lajwanti, however, denied the allegations. “I have been falsely implicated in the murder case. I am innocent,” she cried at the courtroom.
Asked to comment on Lajwanti’s claim, Amarjeet refused to speak further. “The case is under investigation and we are not supposed to divulge any detail at this stage,” he said, before leaving the court premises.
The police team, comprising two head constables, Murti Singh and Jagdish Singh, and a lady constable, Baljit Kaur, besides the sub-inspector, left with Lajwanti for Punjab late in the evening.
A gang of eight criminals was arrested in the small hours of Monday from Gossner Ground in Lower Bazar police station area in Ranchi. Three firearms, eight rounds of ammunition, two knives and Rs 49,750 were recovered from them.
Two toy guns were also found. SSP Saket Kumar Singh said the gang used to terrorise people with the toy guns and carry out heists even in the absence of firearms.
The eight are Mohammed Ayyaz Ahmed alias Rajak, Mohammed Raj alias Shoeb, Raj alias Mister, Ramchander Kumar alias Daddu, Neeraj Sharma, Mohammed Asif alias Hussain, Ajay Munda alias Kitti and Jitendra Oroan alias Tola.
All are residents of Ranchi and in the age group of 20-22.