Bihar: Main accused in Ranveer Sena chief’s murder case arrested

  • Avinash Kumar/Prasant Ranjan, Hindustan Times, Patna/Ara
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 15:28 IST
A file photo of Ranveer Sena founder Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiya (PTI Photo)

Four years after the murder of Ranveer Sena founder Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiya, the prime accused in the case, Nand Gopal Pandey alias Fauji, was arrested from Jamui district on Wednesday.

Singh was killed on June 1, 2012 at Ara in Bhojpur district, about 50km from Patna. Soon after the incident, locals had blamed then Janata Dal(United) MLA Narendra Pandey alias Sunil Pandey for the murder and indulged in large-scale violence at Ara and Patna.

Jamui superintendent of police (SP) Jayant Kant said a team of Bhojpur police arrested Fauji, who was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head after his name cropped in the Mukhiya murder case.

The police team hopes that Fauji will divulge some vital information related to the Mukhiya’s murder.

The state government has handed over the investigation of case to the CBI, which is yet to make any headway.

Earlier, on the direction of then director general of police (DGP) Abhayanand, a special investigation team (SIT) was formed under then Sahabad range DIG Ajitabh Kumar to solve the case within a month. The SIT was dissolved in July 2012 after it submitted its report. Later, then Bhojpur SP MR Nayak took charge of the investigation.

The police have named eight persons as accused and arrested six of them. However, the arrested persons--Monu Rai alias Ritesh Kumar, his friend Sunny Singh alias Harshvardhan alias Rahul Kumar, Anil Kumar Pandey, Prince Kumar Pandey, Yogendra Pandey, Hareram Pandey and Abhay Kumar Pandey-- were later granted bail as the police failed to prove the involvement in the case.

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