Police cracked two cases on Wednesday, saving one life and catching a person responsible for another’s murder.
Dharmendra Kumar, a criminal lodged in Beur Central Jail, gave a gang of four a contract to kill a man wooing the woman he loved. Before they could carry out the plan, the police caught up with the criminals in the Kankerbagh area on Wednesday.
Senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj told The Telegraph: “Dharmendra gave four men — Sonu Kumar, Santosh Rai, Karu Kumar and Radheshyam Sah — a Rs 2-lakh contract to kill a small-time businessman in Kankerbagh, Chandan. They were already paid Rs 65,000 as an advance for the job. The police got a tip-off in the case and a team was successful in catching the four.”
He added: “When Dharmendra went to jail, Chandan started wooing his girlfriend. To stop the two from getting married, Dharmendra contacted Sonu with the contract. Two pistols, 10 live cartridges, one motorbike and Rs 65,000 were recovered from them.” The police suspect the same gang was responsible for the murder of hospital employee Purushottam Mishra on April 2.
If the force saved Chandan’s life, it also caught one Ranbir Singh, who allegedly assisted a friend to kill a driver on March 4.
Rajkumar, a driver of a pick-and-drop service of the Patna Junction area, was found dead in the backseat of a car near Samarpura village on the outskirts of Patna.
Maharaaj said: “The police found Rajkumar would visit Samarpura often and had fallen in love with the sister of one Manik Singh. Disapproving of the match, Singh hatched a plan to kill Rajkumar with his friend Ranbir.
“Ranbir confessed that he and three more men boarded Rajkumar’s car posing as passengers from Patna Junction around 3.30pm on March 4. They befriended Rajkumar and had liquor. Later, they stopped in an isolated area and stabbed him repeatedly, killing him,” he added.