Armed assailants shot dead an officer of Nalanda police on the Bakhtiarpur-Patna expressway, four kilometres from the Fatuha police station on Saturday.
The bullet-riddled body of the uniformed assistant sub-inspector, Ram Raj Choudhary, was found lying in a pool of blood. Choudhary was on his way to Manihari (Katihar) via Patna from the Telhara police station in Nalanda on a motorbike, which was found lying near the body.
He was to board a train from Patna, but was accosted by the attackers at about 3 pm and shot twice in the head and shoulder. The assailants made away with his service revolver.
Choudhary is the third Bihar police officer in recent months to be killed and have his service weapon robbed. A sub-inspector of the Maranchi police station, SK Thakur, was gunned down on April 18 on NH-30 near Gaurakshini, 3 km from the Barh police station. Another officer, Bhubaneshwar Prasad Singh, a resident of Nabinagar locality of Nawada district, was killed on March 16 near Madanchak village under Bind police station of Nalanda. His revolver was also missing.
Patna and Nalanda police have failed to make any breakthrough in any of the murders.
Chowdhary’s motorcycle, mobile phone and a bag was recovered from the spot, though a motive behind the murder is yet unknown. His body has been sent for post-mortem, and Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj has initiated investigations.
Nalanda superintendent of police Kumar Ashish confirmed that Choudhary was posted at the Telhara police station for the last two and half years and was proceeding on leave at the time of the incident.
Patna inspector general NH Khan said a 10-member joint special investigation team of Patna-Nalanda police has been formed with three deputy superintendents of police to unravel the case with DIG central range Shalin as the in-charge.
“It’s a challenge to us and we will investigate the two earlier, but similar, cases. I will monitor the case on a regular basis,” Khan said.