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‘Simpleton’ in supari muddle

Hazaribagh, March 18: A BJP veteran, who “unknowingly” asked a fellow party worker to shelter three supari killers behind the murder of Ajsu leader Tileshwar Sahu, today surrendered at Barhi thana.

BJP leader from Barhi, Vinod Yadav’s name cropped up during the interrogation of the trio’s landlord and party member Amit Kumar Jaiswal. Stressing his innocence, Yadav confessed before the police his “habit of social work landed him in trouble”.

Yadav surrendered at Barhi thana before subdivisional officer Awinash Kumar this morning and was taken to the office of Hazaribagh SP Manoj Kaushik for interrogation.

Yadav, who now needs to prove he had been a fool to clear his name, said he only requested Jaiswal to keep the youths, whom he knew as “matric examinees” as tenants.

He added he had been grievously mistaken about the main cog. Ganesh Shankar or Ganesh Kumar, a smooth talker in his late 20s, who introduced the trio to Yadav as his relatives, is allegedly a Bihar-based arms supplier. Banned outfit PLFI is his regular client.

Yadav became acquainted with Ganesh two months ago when he requested the BJP veteran for a residential certificate of Barhi. Yadav pulled strings and got it done.

Why Yadav was so charmed with Ganesh is for the police to establish.

According to Yadav’s admission, he made it possible for “matric examinees”, including Suraj, who pumped the fatal bullet into Sahu on March 8 at a women’s day event and was caught red-handed by the crowd, to observe their victim for 10 days before the murder.

When Yadav got wind of the murder, he panicked. “I arranged the house, which was my first fault, and I didn’t appear in front of the police when my name first figured in the probe,” Yadav told the SP.

Ganesh as well as Suraj’s two accomplices are traceless.

On Yadav, Kaushik said: “At present, what he is saying appears to be true but we will crosscheck his statements. If the veteran agrees, he can also appear for a Narco test.”

“It seems Ganesh of Nalanda, Bihar, masterminded the high-profile Tileshwar Sahu murder. I am trying to get details of his criminal activities from Bihar,” he said. He clarified the BJP had no hand in the murder. BJP leaders, including Hazaribagh MP and former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, have already politely distanced themselves.