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Mukhiya killer in police net

Ranchi, Nov. 27: One person was arrested today from Thalkobera village in Basia police station area of Gumla district on Wednesday in connection with the murder case of Soreng panchayat mukhiya Yaqub Lakra outside a timber shop on November 16.

Lakra was on his way home in his SUV when three bike-borne criminals intercepted him. Vimal Kindo was the one who had allegedly fired at Lakra, police said.

The Soreng mukhiya was a prime witness in the notorious Jagannath Sahu murder case, which occurred in the same district a few months back. Lakra was killed apparently because he had refused to turn hostile.

After Lakra’s murder, state HRD minister Geetashree Oraon had led the protests, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. Former JSPCB chairman Tileshwar Sahu is also an accused in the case.

“Kindo was the one who opened fire at Lakra. Four persons, including Tileshwar Sahu’s name figure in the FIR,” said Gumla SP Rakesh Bansal.

On being asked why then Tileshwar Sahu was roaming free, the SP said: “All are free to lodge an FIR against anyone. But police have to act judiciously. Tileshwar Sahu will be taken to task once we get concrete evidence against him.”

Tileshwar Sahu, on the other hand, claimed that the FIR against him in the Lakra murder case was politically motivated. “I was busy with Ajsu rally in Delhi on November 15 and was in the national capital on the day the murder took place,” he said.