Family members of Pritam Bhattacharjee on Friday lambasted the Government Railway Police after a court in Khagaria acquitted nine suspects in the murder case on Wednesday for want of evidence.
Sources, however, said the GRP was trying to shield a JD(U) leader in the murder case
“We have doubts over the role of the GRP and the Bihar government,” alleged K.K. Purkayastha, a relative of Pritam. Talking to The Telegraph over phone from Guwahati on Friday morning, he blamed the GRP for diverting the case to save the relative of a ruling party leader who was the mastermind behind the incident.
On Wednesday, the district and additional district judge, Khagaria, Sahajanand Sharma, acquitted all nine suspects. The 17 witnesses produced by the GRP in court also turned hostile.
The additional public prosecutor at Khagaria court, Madan Mohon Singh said the GRP failed to bring proper evidence during investigation. “The police produced 17 witness who subsequently turned hostile one by one.” On July 15, 2012, Silchar youth Pritam’s body was found near Kataria. He had gone missing on June 9 from Naugachia station.
Jitendar Mishra, the superintendent of railway police, Katihar, said it was unfortunate that owing to poor merit of the case, the accused managed to go free. Sources however, accused the GRP of making the case weak to protect an influential JD(U) leader from Naugachia whose close relative was the mastermind in the case.
A relative of the politician and the driver were among the accused.