The city police on Wednesday laid a trap to arrest absconding police inspector Sanjai Rai, after he moved a surrender application in a city court on Tuesday.
Police teams in civvies remained deployed outside the court, anticipating that Rai may visit the court to meet his lawyer for further legal proceedings with regard to his surrender.
The police want to arrest Rai in order to quiz him thoroughly to extract further details in Maaz murder case. Rai is on run since his name surfaced in the case, following the arrest of his aide Chhotu and two contract killers, on June 9. The trio confessed during police interrogation that Maaz was killed on Rai’s behest. Rai allegedly masterminded the killing merely because he wanted to implicate a man named Aqmal, who was getting uncomfortably close to his ladylove. Maaz was the girl’s cousin and stayed with her family. The assailants shot him dead after barging into the family’s Indira Nagar house.
“The police had a tip off that Sanjai Rai has entirely changed his look to evade arrest. There was also information about the probability that Rai could visit the court to meet his lawyer,” said a senior cop, who is supervising the probe. “Therefore, teams remained deployed for the whole day with the intent to arrest him, but Rai did not visit the court,” added the cop. If Rai manages to surrender, it would deprive the police of isolated access to him for 24 hours that an arrest would provide.
A source said the police team is also tracking movement of some close associates of Sanjai Rai believing that he would approach them before surrendering in the court. He said some police teams have also been sent to other districts for recovery of an Alto car and two pistols used in the boy’s murder.
The surrender application of Sanjay Rai was filed in the court on Tuesday. In the application, Rai’s counsel mentioned that he wanted to surrender before the court, as he is declared wanted by the city police in the Maaz murder case.
The court has fixed Thursday for hearing the application and has asked the police for a report in the matter.