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Check on inmates to keep tab on crime

Police are knocking on the prison gates after trying all possible angles to crack the recent loot and murder cases.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said going by the nature of the criminal incidents, there was a strong suspicion that at least some cases, which includes the Rs 1-crore heist in Fatuha and the loot of Rs 26 lakh in Kadamkuan, were planned by the big guns of crime who are lodged in Beur Central Jail.

Requests have been sent to the “higher authorities” to allow the city police to question the dreaded Bindu Singh and the notorious Ajay Verma after taking them on remand.

Senior police officers said they were not taking the above steps in haste because they had clues such as “recorded voice messages of the criminals after they made calls from mobile phones from the jail”.

“Ajay Verma would have been taken on remand by now. But the news spread and he suddenly fell sick. However, he will be taken on remand in a couple of days. We have also requested for the remand of Bindu Singh, who is known to give shape to criminal incidents sitting inside the prison. We took the step after having evidence in hand,” Maharaaj said on Friday.

Criminals had shot one person and looted a little above Rs 26 lakh in Kadamkuan on June 9. On May 13, Rs 1 crore was looted from a cash van at gunpoint. There has been no breakthrough in both the cases. “We have requested that Bindu Singh be shifted from Beur jail to some other prison. But before this, we want to take him on remand for questioning. Both the criminals have been operating from jail. They have their own ways of staying in touch with their accomplice outside. We have come across instances where criminals were found operating from the jail premises,” the SSP said.

On June 4, four shooters, who had planned and were about to execute a murder, were arrested. During interrogation, the shooters had named one Dharmendra Kumar, a criminal lodged in Beur. He had given them the contract to kill a businessman. The men were promised Rs 2 lakh for the job and they were paid Rs 65,000 in advance.

On June 7, three shooters, including one from Calcutta, were promised a hefty sum by one Ajay Yadav to kill a criminal. Ajay is lodged in Beur. The police were lucky to have nabbed all of them with their arms in both the cases.

“In the case of Dharmendra, the police had recovered a SIM card from his possession. Mobile phones are still being used on the jail premises. Apart from this, there are other means too. One very common method is to use people who come to meet these criminals. With the ganglords behind bars, they witness a lot of people coming to meet them from time to time. Instructions are passed on then and there. They have a group of trusted men under them who facilitate a murder or organise loots,” another police officer said.

He added that the gangs don’t give shape to an incident on their own but hire men to do it.