The Telegraph
Monday , August 11 , 2014
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Bihar kingpin behind kidnap

Police suspect the involvement of a Bihar-based criminal, who wants to make forays into Jharkhand, in the kidnap of Bheem Singh Munda, the 62-year-old chairman of Nilai Institute of Technology in Thakurgaon, Ratu.

Some criminals from Ranchi and Burmu, where the kidnap took place on August 4, are also believed to have played a part. However, police are not willing to divulge the names for the sake of the victim’s safety.

“It is the handiwork of an interstate criminal group. Ransom seems to be the main motive. Our priority is to ensure Munda’s safe release,” said DIG of South Chotanagpur range Praveen Kumar Singh.

Another senior police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, added: “It’s not an organised group. This is the first time that they kidnapped someone. Some of them have criminal history while the rest are amateurs.”

Sources said that one of the members is a resident of Dhurwa. Police are also keeping tab on at least a dozen suspects from Budmu.

“Initially, the gang had sought a ransom of Rs 2 crore. They scaled down the amount to Rs 50 lakh in subsequent calls. But police have not been able to identity the kidnappers’ location. They are calling from various places — Dhanbad, Calcutta and a few spots in Bihar,” a source said.

Munda, who was associated with the Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee as chairman of its ex-servicemen’s cell, was on his way home to Kadru in the city from his institute when he was abducted at gunpoint in the evening of August 4.