A policeman trains a video camera on an auto-rickshaw in Doranda a day after the murder
Ranchi, Sept.21: St Xavier’s College student Bhavesh Lodha was shot by an accused out on bail, police investigations have revealed.
But the killer, Bala, alias Saddam, went back to Birsa Munda Jail days after the September 12 shooting at Doranda even before his bail term was to expire in the hope of evading arrest for his crime that had baffled police and shocked the student fraternity.
Superintendent of police (city) Manoj Ratan said, “Saddam had shot the St. Xavier’s College boy dead on September 12. But, he is clever. He used legal remedy to evade arrest.”
But Ratan said the police would now seek remand of Saddam, an accused in an attempt to murder case of 2011, who surrendered.
Saddam, who is now in Birsa Munda Central Jail, would be interrogated after which, the SP said, he would be prosecuted for the September 12 murder.
Bhavesh, a first-year retail management student, was shot dead when he had gone out for a ride with his friends. A resident of Shukla Colony, Bhavesh was riding pillion on with friends Amit Kumar Singh and Birendra Kumar.
The three were on their way to another friend’s residence near Nepal House. Near Kendriya Vidyalaya, their bike collided with an auto-rickshaw, triggering an argument between them and the auto driver.
Suddenly, a man sitting in the auto opened fire. Bhavesh took a bullet. The auto sped away before his friends could note its registration number.
Local residents rushed Bhavesh to Gurunanak Hospital from where he was referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). There, doctors declared him brought dead.
Doranda police managed to identify the auto driver, Mohammed Sultan, and took him in police custody.
During questioning, he told police about Saddam and two other passengers, Chotu and Bheema, who were in the auto at the time of the shooting.
Police are on the lookout for Chotu and Bheema.