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Cops on shooter trail

Police are in hot pursuit of sharpshooter Maya Bhagat, alias Lulla, the kingpin of the gang that was allegedly involved in the Mango double killing and the murder attempt on a Tata Steel employee in Bistupur in the recent past.

According to sources, Lulla (25), also known as Munna Shaw, is currently hiding somewhere in Calcutta.

The police have already arrested two persons — Pintu Gupta and Chhotelal Prasad — in connection with the Mango double murder case in which Baiju Shaw (21) and his neighbour Shakuntala Mishra were killed on January 1.

While Pintu, originally hailing from Bihar’s Siwan district, was rounded up from Budge Budge area in Bengal on Tuesday, the police had arrested Chhotelal from his residence at Kitadih in Parsudih on January 4.

But during interrogations of the arrested two and after examining the tower locations of mobile phones of the three criminals, the needle of suspicion turned towards Lulla in the Bistupur shooting case too.

Tower locations indicated that Lulla and Chhotelal were in Bistupur when Tata Steel official Vipul Kumar was shot at near United Club on November 23 last year.

“Pintu, one of his close aides, was arrested from Calcutta two days ago. During his interrogations, we got some clues. After going through the tower location of Lulla’s mobile phone, we are now sure that when Vipul was shot around 8pm on November 23, the accused was present in Bistupur,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar said.

Moreover, Homkar added the modus operandi in the Vipul case was same as the ones adopted in several other crimes in which Lulla and Co. were involved.

“After the arrest of Pintu and Chhotelal, we think we are close to a breakthrough. We are trying to nab Lulla and once he is in our clutch, we will crack the Vipul Kumar shooting case too,” the SSP told The Telegraph.

According to police, Lulla, who hails from Siwan district of Bihar, is a whimsical and trigger-happy criminal.

Also, the Lulla gang was allegedly involved in every major incident that had taken place in the district in the past six months, starting from the murder of transport employee Pappu Yadav at Chepapul in Mango to firing at truck driver Satpal Singh in Burmamines.

Notably, Vipul, (40), who was an officer in Tata Steel’s urban services wing, was shot at near United Club in Bistupur police station area late on November 23 night.

A resident of Sonari, Vipul had sustained gun shots in his lower abdomen and had to undergo treatment at the critical care unit of Tata Main Hospital.

The police picked up several suspects for interrogations, but failed to crack the case.


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