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Bachcha ties family honour to attack

Dhanbad, May 20: State urban development minister Bachcha Singh today accused Congress leader Suresh Singh of having stage-managed the attack on his bullet proof vehicle in Dhanbad yesterday to implicate his brother Ramadhir Singh and nephews Siddharth Gautam and Shashi Singh. The Singh Mansion in Dhanbad has seconded the charges.

Mansion sources claimed that both Siddharth and Shashi were in ACC Sindri right from the morning to supervise the election to the ACC employees’ union.

The minister claimed that Suresh Singh was unnerved as most witnesses in the Shakaldeo Singh and Vinod Singh murder cases were “turning hostile” and was desperately trying to drag his kin and him in false cases.

Suresh and two other Youth Congress were attacked yesterday on their way back from the court, where the two murder trials are being heard. Bachcha Singh, however, alleged that the witnesses produced by Suresh Singh have told the court that the police forced them to sign on a blank paper and fabricated their statements.

The minister said he had faith in the district police and hoped that the officials investigating the case would establish the truth. Taking another pot shot at Suresh, Bachcha alleged that the Congress leader had no authorisation from the Union home ministry for his bullet proof vehicle.

The recent drama in the coal belt comes at a time when the heir to the Singh Mansion is missing. Rajiv Ranjan Singh, the eldest son of late coal baron Suryadeo Singh and nephew of Bachcha Singh went missing in October last after he was accused in the murder of coal trader Pramod Singh.

Suresh Singh and Santosh Singh, one of the two Youth Congress leaders accompanying Singh, are prime witnesses in the Pramod Singh murder case.

Rajiv Ranjan went underground to evade arrest. Let alone the police, even his family says it has no word on his whereabouts. Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI’s) New Delhi team, who have taken up the Pramod Singh murder case, have not been able to hunt down Rajiv Ranjan.

Rumours doing the rounds in coal circles suggest that Rajiv Ranjan has been kidnapped by eastern Uttar Pradesh crime lord Brajesh Singh.

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