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Political leaders on SIT radar
- Mukhiya murder probe team interrogates MLA, brother

Patna, June 7: A few political leaders are said to be on the radar of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the murder of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiya.

The JD(U) legislator, Hulas Pandey, is said to be under its surveillance. Sources said the SIT members quizzed Hulas for about five hours at his New Punaichak residence late on Wednesday night, but the MLA denied it.

The SIT team also conducted a raid on the official residence of the “controversial” JD(U) legislator from Tarari, Sunil Pandey, in the state capital and picked up his brother-in-law Kunal Pandey for interrogation late in the night.

Sunil and Hulas are brothers.

Before Sunil was picked up for interrogation, Hulas said: “I have nothing to do with the murder of the Sena chief. It seems some of my political adversaries are trying to drag my name into the controversy and malign my image.”

Earlier in the day, inspector-general of police (Patna zone) B. Srinivasan clarified that Brahmeshwar had never approached the Bhojpur district authorities for security.

Srinivasan, who was assigned by the state police headquarters to probe into the demand of security by the Ranvir Sena leader, told reporters that neither his family members nor his acquaintances provided any proof in support of his demand for security.

“I enquired the family members of the deceased, people known to him and also the police chief of Bhojpur district in this regard. But nothing could be found to substantiate that the Ranvir Sena chief had sought protection for him or his family members,” the IG said.

Srinivasan said Brahmeshwar, as his relatives claimed, was very bold. So he may not have formally written to the district police chief seeking security.

The IG also said all the three licences of arms issued to Brahmeshwar were cancelled way back in 1998. “But he had deposited only one firearm. Efforts were on to recover the two other licensed arms,” Srinivasan said.