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Shooters for CID probe

Jharkhand State Rifle Association (JSRA) on Monday demanded a CID probe into allegations of forcible conversion and physical assault levelled by shooter Tara Shahdeo against her husband Ranjit Singh Kohli alias Rakibul Hassan.

Calling the 23-year-old Tara a “simple girl of very good character”, rifle association general secretary Uttam Chand Debuka called for a CID probe into the girl’s charges related to the July 7 marriage in Ranchi to Ranjit-Rakibul, a high-profile and well-connected liaison man.

Tara has accused him of hiding his religious identity, forcing her to convert to Islam two days later and beating and confining her.

“We are sure that accusations by Tara against her husband Ranjit Singh Kohli alias Rakibul Hassan are true. Tara is a simple and soft-spoken girl with very good character. The state government should order the CID to probe into the case,” Jamshedpur-based Debuka, who attended the July 7 wedding, stressed on Monday.

Called Ranjit alias Rakibul a “dubious person”, Debuka said: “We knew him as Kohli. He attended a summer coaching camp organised by state sports department at the Hotwar shooting range in Ranchi this July, but unlike Tara, he is not registered with our association. He used to come for practice on a police vehicle. He is a high-profile man. He told us he had very good contacts in New Delhi.”

Debuka also alleged police involvement in the case. “He has very close relations with some senior police officers. He wouldn’t have dared all this without police help,” Debuka claimed. “Tara is an innocent girl who fell victim to the wrong guy.”

JSRA vice-president Deewakar Singh also demanded a thorough probe into the case.

“We have come to know that Tara has been assaulted in her spine. We are worried about her health and career. Hope the injury was not serious. The police should find out the actual identity of the accused,” Singh said.

He added that they would go to Ranchi in a day or two to submit a memorandum to the SSP and meet Tara to assure her that they were with her.

Raised in Ranchi, Tara has a close relationship with Jamshedpur as she never missed a single state shooting championship held at the Jamshedpur Rifle Club, said an association functionary.

Tara, her younger sibling Dwed Nath and Ranchi mate Nishant Singh were part of the seven-member Indian squad for an international shooting competition held in Bangkok in October 2011. She had finished 11th in an international competition in Singapore to qualify for the Bangkok meet.


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