Police said on Tuesday they would reopen two previous cases against former Chhattisgarh royal Vikramaditya Singh Judeo, who is on the run after he allegedly assaulted a private school director and ran his SUV over him in Jashpur town.
He had been declared an “absconder” by Chhattisgarh police in a case of abduction and another of forcefully keeping two minor children as slaves during 2009-10, sources said.
Jashpur SP GS Jaiswal said he was surprised no follow-up action had been taken in previous cases. “I have reopened the earlier files and a fresh inquiry will be conducted. So far, police are clueless about his whereabouts. His vehicle has been seized and attempted murder and other charges slapped against him,” he said.
Until now, police had not followed up the cases against Vikramaditya, who belongs to the former Jashpur royal family. His elder brother, Ranvijay Singh Judeo, is a BJP Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh, nephew Yudhveer Singh Judeo is an MLA and the late Dilip Singh Judeo, an environment minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, was a close relative.
A hunt has been launched to nab him and police have alerted their counterparts in neighbouring Odisha and Jharkhand.
The Jashpur SP has declared a cash award of Rs 5000 on any important information leading to his arrest.
School director Parmeshwar Gupta remained critical at a Ranchi hospital as he had suffered multiple injuries following Vikramaditya’s alleged assault over a land dispute.