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Abscond? I am in office, says realtor

Patna, Aug. 4: Real estate tycoon Anil Kumar Sharma today claimed that he was not absconding after being named an accused in the murder of Balika Vidyapeeth’s former general secretary Kumar Sharad Chandra.

Anil said he was very much present in his office. “No police officer has contacted me ever since the incident happened on Saturday. Why should I abscond? Mere institution of a case doesn’t mean that you have committed the offence,” he told The Telegraph over phone today.

The realtor, who contested the general election unsuccessfully from Jehanabad on a JDU ticket, sought the intervention of director-general of police (DGP) P.K. Thakur in the high-profile murder case. “Senior police officers like the state police chief should monitor the investigation. The DGP should ensure a fair and in-depth investigation,” Anil said.

Chandra, the former general secretary of Balika Vidyapeeth, was shot dead at his residence on the school premises in Lakhisarai on Saturday morning. Usha Sharma, the widow of Chandra, named Anil — the chief managing director of Amrapali Group — and six others in the FIR she lodged with Town police station.

One of the accused, Praveen Kumar, has been arrested. Lakhisarai superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar Singh had claimed yesterday that the rest six had gone into hiding.

Though Anil contradicted Singh’s claim today, the SP iterated that the accused were evading arrest. “The members of the police team conducted raids at their different hideouts but they could not be arrested,” he said.

The officer said simul-taneous raids had been launched to arrest the two unidentified shooters who fired at Chandra when he was reading the newspaper on Saturday morning.

The SP said a five-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by sub-divisional police officer Sanjay Kumar had been constituted to solve the mystery behind the murder. So far, the SIT has not been able to get any substantial clue in the case. “But we hope the case will be solved shortly. The arrest of the two shooters will clear the motive behind the killing,” he said.

Singh said the investigation officer of the case, Manoj Kumar, had been asked to obtain the warrant of arrest from the court against all the six remaining accused. When asked about the visit of the SIT outside the state, the SP said: “We can do so, if required.”

Preliminary investigation has revealed that dispute over the property of the school set up in 1947 was one of the reasons for the murder of Chandra.