|Rambilas in chains in Dakunia. (Mehedi Hedaytullah)
Islampur, Aug. 25: A resident of a Chakulia village had been chained by local people for almost 48 hours since Friday evening for allegedly murdering his brother’s wife.
Rambilas Sahney, 45, was rescued by police this evening and taken in safe custody.
Sources said the mason from Kishanganj had gone to the house of his brother’s in-laws in the nearby Dakunia village when he was caught by the local people and chained to the verandah of their home.
The villagers alleged that Rambilas and his brother Ramchandra had killed the latter’s wife seven months back.
Yesterday, a salisi meeting was held at Dakunia and it was decided that Rambilas would be allowed to walk free if he paid Rs 1.5 lakh to the family as maintenance for his niece and nephew.
According to Urmila Devi, Ramchandra’s sister-in-law, Hema Devi was murdered seven months back while she was in Delhi with her husband.
“Her eight-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter were staying with us. There was no word from my brother-in-law all this while. Suddenly, on Friday, his brother Rambilas turned up and said he wanted to take his niece and nephew to his home in Kishanganj. We did not allow him to do so,” Urmila said.
Rambilas stays with his family in Kishanganj near Chakulia, 40km from here.
“The village elders met the next day and it was decided that Rambilas would be allowed to go if he paid Rs 1.5 lakh for the maintenance of his brother’s children. We did not torture him. We do not know where Ramchandra is,” she added.
Urmila said Rambilas was given food and water.
Today, he was rescued around 4.30pm.
“We had information that a man had been kept chained in a house since Friday. We sent a team and rescued the person. The man was tied to a post in a verandah with a chain. His hands and feet were tied up with the chain. We have brought him to the police station,” said Gautam Roy, officer-in-charge of Chakulia police station.
He added that Rambilas was being interrogated. “We are trying to find out who all were responsible for keeping him chained in such an inhuman manner. We are going to produce the rescued person in court tomorrow because he is in safe custody. As far as the allegations of murder are concerned, we have not received any complaints,” Roy said.
Rambilas said his sister-in-law died of natural causes. “No one murdered her. I got a call from my brother’s in-laws asking me to take away his children. When I went there, they caught me and forced me to a pay a huge sum of money.”