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The probe into the murder of Balika Vidyapeeth’s former secretary Kumar Sharad Chandra has gained steam after the arrest of an alleged sharp shooter, Raushan Kumar Singh.
Raushan, a resident of Babhangama village in Lakhisarai district, was picked up for interrogation on Saturday evening when he had gone to appear before a court in connection with another case pending against him. The police intercepted the alleged contract killer, a close associate of former controversial MLA Prahlad Yadav, on the court premises and took him in custody despite protest by some lawyers.
Lakhisarai superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar Singh said the members of the special investigation team picked up Raushan on specific information that he was involved in the murder of Chandra on Saturday morning.
“Raushan’s interrogation will help the police unravel the mystery behind the former secretary’s killing. He has confessed to his involvement in the crime. Raids are on to arrest his accomplice, who was also with him at the scene of the crime,” the SP told The Telegraph.
A member of the SIT, which has been assigned the job to solve the sensational case, said the police suspected Raushan’s involvement on the basis of his modus operandi, which stands apart from others. The officer, on the condition of anonymity, said there were similarities in the manner Chandra was murdered and Raushan’s mode of operation. “The gun and the bullets used by the suspect were also the same,” he said.
“We are trying to collect more evidence against the suspect,” the SP said, adding that efforts were on to recover the vehicle used in the crime.
The SP had not ruled out the involvement of contract killers in the murder of Chandra, who served as the secretary of the Balika Vidyapeeth Trust for over 20 years before he was toppled by Anil Kumar Sharma about five years ago. Sharma had also opened an engineering college on the institute’s premises.
The victim’s wife, Usha Sharma, named seven persons in the FIR she lodged with Town police station. One among them — Praveen Kumar, a medical practitioner and treasurer of the Balika Vidyapeeth Trust, that runs the residential school — was arrested earlier. Chief managing director of Amrapali Group Anil Kumar Sharma is also a named accused in the case.
Singh, the SP, said raids were conducted in Lakhisarai and Patna to nab the six other named accused, including Anil. The realtor earlier denied his involvement in the case.
The hostel residents of the school were asked to vacate their rooms. The institute was closed on the directive of the district magistrate.