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2 in net, murder plan foiled

The arrested duo at SSP Amol V Homkar’s office on Sunday. (Animesh Sengupta)

City police arrested two dreaded criminals in the small hours of Sunday and foiled a murder plan.

Samrat Mandal and Ravi Prakash Rai, residents of Birsanagar zone No. 6 and cross road No. 11 in Sidhgora respectively, were nabbed from Gaur Bustee in Mango police station area during a surprise raid. The police also recovered a loaded 7.65mm pistol, which was bought from Bihar’s Ara district, and three live cartridges from them.

Divulging details, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar said that both Mandal and Rai had planned to murder another dreaded criminal, Kartik Munda, and then take over the extortion racket that Munda runs in the steel city.

Addressing newsmen on Sunday, Homkar said the police got a tip off on Saturday night that two dreaded criminals had anchored at a residential flat in Basera Apartment’s Mangolia block.

“Acting on the tip-off, we set up a special team comprising Mango inspector Laxman Prasad, his Golmuri counterpart Mohammed Nehaluddin and Olidih officer-in-charge Sushma Kumari. The team raided the apartment in Gaur Bustee and successfully nabbed the two men,” said the SSP.

During interrogation, the duo also divulged that one Kanhaiya Singh was a key member of their gang and that it was he who took them to Bihar recently to procure the necessary firearm and ammunition needed to carry out the conspiracy.

According to a police source, Mandal, Ray and Singh were all members of slain Paramjeet Singh’s gang. After Paramjeet Singh was murdered inside Ghaghidih Central Jail in 2009, the trio decided to set up a group of their own.

“The first target of this new gang was Kartik Munda, who dominates in localities like Parsudih, Sidhgora, Baridih, Telco and Burmamines,” said the insider.

The officer added that Singh had taken Mandal and Ray to Arah district in Bihar to procure a sophisticated pistol. After arranging the firearm, Singh returned to Jamshedpur and surrendered in the court on Thursday. Samrat and Ray, on the other hand, came back to the steel city with the pistol on Friday.

While Mandal was wanted in snatching cases registered with Sonari and Sidhgora police, Ray is believed to have strong links with inter-state criminals who deal with firearms. However, there is no case pending against him.