Pintu Gupta (face covered) at the chamber of Amol V Homkar (right) on Tuesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Nearly a month after two persons, including a woman, were shot dead at Laxminagar on Road No. 1 of Sankosai in Olidih police station area, police made another breakthrough in the case by arresting one Pintu Gupta from Bengal on Tuesday.
This was the second arrest in the double murder case.
Twenty-year-old Pintu, originally from Bihar’s Siwan district, was rounded up from Budge Budge police station area in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas in the early hours of Tuesday. A countrymade pistol was found from his possession.
Wanted in more than seven criminal cases, Pintu, along with Lulla and Chhotelal Prasad, had gunned down one Baiju Shaw (21) on the night of January 1. In the indiscriminate firing, a newly married woman and Baiju’s neighbour Shakuntala Mishra was shot dead while one Sonu Kumar Rajak took a bullet in his hand.
The attack was made after Baiju allegedly tried to molest Lulla’s girlfriend while returning from a picnic in Jadugora the same day.
Earlier, police had arrested Chhotelal from his residence at Kitadih in Parsudih on January 4. Lulla, alias Munna Shaw, is still at large.
Revealing about the breakthrough, senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar told mediapersons that after fleeing Jamshedpur, Munna and Pintu started staying at a rented house in Budge Budge.
“Detecting the case was a challenge for district police. So, we formed a task force. Led by deputy superintendent of police (law and order) B.N. Singh, the team anchored at Calcutta and found out the whereabouts of the two criminals and ultimately nabbed Pintu,” said Homkar.
The senior SP added that during the raid, Lulla managed to escape from a window of the residence. He promised to arrest him soon.
Homkar said Pintu had confirmed during interrogation that Baiju was among the picnickers, who had tried to molest Lulla’s girlfriend on their way back to Jamshedpur.
“Lulla and his friends had followed Baiju and others to a place in Sakchi where they ate food. Initially, they planned to kill them in front of the fast-food stall, but then decided to follow them to their homes. They then shot Baiju near his residence,” the SSP said, adding that Pintu was wanted by Bihar police in connection with more than half-a-dozen cases of murder and extortion.