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Cops launch hunt to nab driver duo

Police have a new challenge to deal with — nab two drivers, one who plotted a kidnap and the other, who endangered the lives of several students.

An action-packed last week in the form of a high-profile kidnapping and an accident, had kept the cops busy and now they have launched a hunt to arrest the criminals.

Sources told The Telegraph on Tuesday that Girish Kumar, who along with his wife and two friends, plotted and executed the kidnapping of 14-year-old Shivam Khandelwal last week, had fled the state with at least four police teams trying to track his movements.

The cops were also on the lookout for Ram Pravesh, the driver of the bus carrying the students of St Joseph’s Convent High School, which fell into a water-filled ditch in Patna City.

“Both these incidents occurred on February 8. Shivam had been kidnapped on Friday. A ransom of Rs 2 crore was demanded but the police rescued him on Saturday morning. The police had nabbed two persons, including a CRPF jawan involved. But Girish, who along with his wife, had hatched the plan, is on the run. We cannot divulge much at the moment but the couple have fled the state. At present, his location is somewhere around New Delhi but is moving constantly. Four to five teams are working on the case to nab the duo. Both of them would be caught soon,” a police officer told The Telegraph.

Girish’s wife had been working in the hotel of Mohan Kumar Khandelwal, the businessman father of Shivam and it was she who had got her husband the job in the household. Both of them had been keeping a close eye on Shivam and his family, the police said.

According to the police, the driver of the bus that skidded in the Choti Pahari area, had fled after the accident and is still on the run.

The statement of the cops on Tuesday contradicted their earlier statement in which they said the man was injured and had been admitted to Nalanda Medical College and Hospital.

“The police have lodged an FIR against the driver and the school management. The school administration has been asked to provide details of the driver and the bus. He would be arrested soon and his driving licence would be cancelled. At present, we cannot say whether he was drunk or not at the time of the accident,” an officer at the Agamkuan police station, said.

Thirty-two students and 10 teachers had and fallen into a water-filled ditch on Saturday afternoon after which passers-by rescued the students before the police arrived.