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Cops hunt for US fugitive in Assam after alert

- Police upload details on most-wanted list website but fail to find a lead

Jorhat, Jan. 16: Assam police are looking for a fugitive whose name figures on the list of 15 most-wanted criminals of the US Marshals Service but they have not been able to make any headway so far.

The hunt is on for Shane Franklin Miller, 45, from California, who faces the charge of murdering his wife and two young daughters in May last year.

The US authorities have announced a reward of $25,000 to anyone providing information leading to Miller’s arrest.

Miller is among the 15 wanted fugitives described as “armed and dangerous” by the US authorities. He has a criminal history. In 2007, he was released from federal custody after serving a 46-month sentence for possessing a machine gun and cultivating marijuana.

Sources in the Assam police said the CID in Assam had received a request to look out for Miller from the CBI, which represents the India chapter of Interpol, three months ago.

The sources said after receiving the request, the CID had uploaded the fugitive’s photograph and details on the list of most wanted persons on the Assam police website.

A top CID official said they were “searching” for Miller across the state but had not found any lead so far. They have uploaded information on the fugitive on the Assam police website so that if people spot him, they could inform the CID, which, after due verification, would follow the legal procedure to capture Miller.

Asked why the CBI has sent the lookout notice on Miller to Assam, the official said it could be a routine alert. But the country which issues lookout notices for a criminal and sends it to Interpol also provides information on the possibility of finding the fugitive in a particular country and sometimes gives names of the places where the person might take shelter.

He said in this case the US must have information on Miller’s probability of coming to Assam as he has been described as an “avid outdoorsman with survival skills” by the US Marshals Service. Assam is a popular tourist hotspot, known for its flora and fauna, and is located in the Northeast, which shares international borders with several countries.

In May last year, Assam police had arrested Abdul Shakur, a UK citizen originally hailing from Bangladesh, from Cachar district in Barak valley.

He was wanted on charges of murdering his wife and daughter in London in 2006.

He had fled to Bangladesh after the murders and then sneaked into India where he managed to get a new identity.

The official did not rule out the possibility of Miller having a connection with Assam but added that Assam police have no information on this.