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Manipur duo in cop net

Patna, June 3: A joint team of Patna and Manipur police today nabbed two members of the Manipur-based Kangleipak Communist Party who were hiding in Patna as tourists.

The Kangleipak Communist Party was formed on April 13, 1980, to restore independence of the erstwhile Manipur kingdom and free it from India.

Senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said they had been contacted by the Manipur team with information on the two men who had been on the run, who had been hiding in Patna for some time now. The duo have been identified as Khotan Ranjit, alias Chaiba alias Rocky, and Doshant Hem Malam, alias Nobaar.

“Both these men, the Manipur police said, were wanted in many serious cases and were on the run. The Manipur police were trailing them and they had information that the men were in Patna. So, they contacted us. Following the same, a special team was formed under deputy superintendent of police (sadar) and the Jakkanpur police station house officer once the Manipur team contacted us. A joint team was formed,” said Maharaaj. He added that the Manipur police had provided the Patna team with the duo’s photographs.

“It came to light that the men were living as tourists in a hotel near the Karbigahiya bus station and had planned to leave Patna soon. Before they could escape, the police team caught up with them. During initial interrogations, both the men confessed to being active members of the Kangleipak Communist Party,” Maharaaj said, adding that Ranjit and Malam were aware the Manipur police were looking for them in Patna.

“The men said they had information, through their sources, of the Manipur police’s presence in Patna to catch them. So, they were all set to leave Patna and go elsewhere. It was a timely arrest,” he told The Telegraph.

Undertrials escape

Five undertrials escaped from the Jamui district civil court on Tuesday, digging a channel in the men’s toilet when they were taken for a hearing.

Jamui superintendent of police Jitendra Rana said the prisoners were taken to the court premises from Jamui district jail around 6am. Their hearing was scheduled later in the morning. But the five, including a former Maoist running a gang now, escaped from the court lock-up by digging a channel up to the southern boundary of the court campus before they could be produced.

The five prisoners who escaped were Tantan Mishra, Ramesh Hembrom, Uma Paswan, Jayram Yadav and Pintu Roy. The incident came to light around 12noon when the security personnel made a count of prisoners before taking them back to the Jamui district jail.

Rana said according to preliminary investigation, involvement of security personnel in the jailbreak could not be ruled out. Seven Special Auxiliary Force personnel were dismissed, while six Bihar police officers were suspended.

Sources said the court lock-up has two toilets — one each for male and female prisoners. At the time the five were waiting to be produced at court, there were 10 prisoners in the cell. According to eyewitness reports, the five undertrials orchestrated the jailbreak around 11am and escaped from the area with the help of accomplices who were waiting with motorbikes outside the court premises.

Police said Ramesh Hembrom, a former Maoist, had started running a criminal gang, while Tantan Mishra was one of the notorious criminals in the district. There are several cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion pending against the duo in Jamui’s Lakshmipur and Barhat blocks. The remaining three were petty criminals.

Superintendent of police Rana said: “Seven Special Auxiliary Force personnel on duty at the court lock-up — Arbind Thakur, Sashibhusan Singh, Rampratap Yadav, Kamta Rajbhar, Gopal Singh, Suresh Chandra and B.B. Mishra — have been dismissed from service.

Six police officers, including an assistant superintendent of police-rank officer, on duty at the court lock-up have been suspended too.”