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4 held for murder bid

Four persons were arrested on Sunday in connection with the January 5 murder attempt on Rakesh Dubey and the firing incident at Tilu Bhatta area in Sonari two days later.

Samir Sardar, Mansha Mahali, Sunil Karmakar and Babu Lodhi are all members of the Tilu Sardar gang and reside in a slum at Tilu Bhatta. In fact, Samir is the son of slain gangster Tilu Sardar and had been heading the gang after his father’s death.

Police also raided Sunil’s home and seized a countrymade pistol and two live cartridges of .315 bore. He had hidden the arms and ammunition after the firing incident at Sonari on January 7.

Announcing the breakthrough at a news conference on Sunday, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar said that the gun attack on Rakesh, who heads the rival Pandey gang, and the subsequent random firing at Tilu Bhatta on January 7 were both committed by Samir and his aides.

“Samir had conspired to eliminate Rakesh as an act of revenge as the latter had set some bikes on fire at Tilu Bhatta. Two days later, Samir staged the firing in his own locality to implicate the members of the Pandey gang in a police case,” Homkar said.

In the January 7 incident, two bullets had hit the wall of Samir’s house in Tilu Bhatta, prompting his mother to lodge an FIR against Titu Dubey, Roshan Das, Ridu Tiria and Mohammed Kalam, all members of the rival Pandey gang, the next morning.

Police, who were already on the lookout for Samir and his aides for the murder bid on Rakesh, arrested the four from a hideout at Domuhani on the basis of a tip-off on Sunday. It was only during interrogations that they came to know that the four had carried out the firing in their own area and not the Pandey gang as was the initial perception.

“Sunil, Mansha and Babu admitted that it was Samir who planned and executed the entire incident on the night of January 7 so that it would appear that the Pandey gang had targeted them to avenge the assault on Rakesh,” the SSP added.He said they would register a case against all four and also the complainant for lodging a false FIR.

Rakesh, who was shot at near Nurses Building in Sonari, is still undergoing treatment at Tata Main Hospital.