Giridih cop kidnap role under scanner

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By RAMASHANKAR
  • Published 21.12.13
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Patna, Dec. 20: The special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the state police to probe into the release of Sohail Hingora in Saran against huge ransom has sought details about a police officer posted in Jharkhand.

Sources said the SIT contacted the Giridih superintendent of police (SP) and inquired about assistant sub-inspector Nagmani Singh, whose name figured in the FIR lodged with Nayagaon police station in Saran district. The police officer concerned is reported to have proceeded on leave.

Nagmani’s son, Ranjit Kumar Singh, was earlier arrested from Patna Medical College and Hospital on December 14 on charges of harbouring the alleged abductors and keeping the victim in hostage for 25 days in his ancestral house at Chuturpur village under the jurisdiction of Nayagaon police station in Saran district, around 70km northwest of Patna.

Nagmani’s four sons — Deepak, Santosh, Sonu and Ranjit — have been made named accused under sections 364(A), 120(B) and 212 of the Indian Penal Code. A team headed by a deputy superintendent of police would visit Giridih on Saturday for the purpose. The investigating officer in the case, R.K. Brahmachari, would accompany the visiting team.

A senior police officer associated with the investigation said a separate team would leave for Daman in a day or two to procure details of the case. Another team, headed by K.K. Singh, deputy inspector-general of police (DIG), CID, visited Saran on Friday and inquired about Ranjit. DSP Singh also gathered information about the victim’s stay in Ranjit’s house. Sources said the DIG was assigned the task as he had earlier served as the Saran SP.

The DIG is supposed to submit his report to the additional DIG A.K. Upadhyay, who is monitoring the investigation, on Saturday.

Saran SP Varun Kumar Sinha confirmed that the case number 111/13 lodged with the Nayagaon police station had been handed over to the CID for investigation. “We are not concerned with the investigation of the case,” he told The Telegraph over phone from Chhapra.

A Daman police team, camping in Jharkhand for the past week, nabbed Tanveer Khan, a suspect in the case. Sources said Khan had provided a SIM card used for making a ransom call to the victim’s father, Hanif Hingora.