A teenage murder witness was injured in a hit-and-run case two days before she was supposed to depose in a Motihari court, on Thursday.
Shweta Kumari, 19, an undergraduate student of the Mahatma Gandhi Central University of Bihar, Motihari, complained to the police that a person accused in her brother’s murder had ‘attacked’ her.
She claimed the motorcyclist hit her from behind, with an intention to kill her, when she was going to write her exam.
In her complaint to the police, Kumari said she had been receiving threats not to pursue the murder case of her brother. The police have lodged a criminal case in this connection.
Kumari’s brother, Siddharth Raj, 13, was shot in August 2015. Raj had reportedly developed intimacy with a girl — a relationship her brother did not approve of.
Kumari, who claims to be a witness to the murder of her brother, has accused the girl’s brother, Prince Pandey, and five others to have killed Raj. The other accused are Vishal Kumar Dubey, Rajen Sahni, Prashant Kumar, Raja Kumar and Mani Kumar, all believed to be Pandey’s friends
Of the six accused, the police have so far been able to nab Pandey and Dubey, both minors. The remaining four are still absconding.
Pandey escaped going to correction home on the basis of a doctor’s certificate, stating that he was under treatment for mental illness. Dubey, languishing in a correction facility, reportedly threatened the superintendent of Motihari remand home, after which he was shifted to Muzaffarpur last week.
Town police station inspector, Ajay Kumar, said: “We have registered a case on the basis of the girl’s complaint. The girl has alleged that she was receiving threats to stay away from deposing in court in connection with the murder case of her brother. The girl has complained that the person who tried to bump her off is also an accused in the killing of her brother.”
East Champaran superintendent of police (SP) Jitendra Rana ordered the arrest of those absconding in the Raj murder case and also ensure that Pandey was sent to the correction facility.
“Considering the gravity of the matter, the juvenile justice board will be requested to cancel the relief granted to Pandey on medical grounds,”Rana said. The police would also ensure Kumari’s deposition in the court amidst adequate protection, he added.
In a somewhat similar case in Gaya, 107 kms south of Patna, a physically challenged eyewitness in a murder case, was burnt alive at Narawat village in Atari police station area on Tuesday, a day before he was to depose in court.