The Patna police have closed the investigation into the gruesome killing of Patna University history teacher Prof Papiya Ghosh and her maid, Malti Devi, in posh Patliputra Colony of the state capital. The case is being heard in the fast tract court of additional district and sessions judge(V), Om Prakash.
Investigating officer of the case, Kumar Abhinav, submitted the final chargesheet in the court on July 23, declaring two accused, Sanjog Kumar Rai and Muskin Mian, absconders.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (law and order) Kumar Amar Singh confirmed that the investigation had been closed in the case. "We do not want to obstruct the proceedings in the court. If we wait for the arrest of the two accused, it will affect the trial in the case," he said.
Singh said that the case was being tried on a priority basis. "Efforts are on to arrest Rai and Mian, who have gone underground after the incident," he said, adding that five persons, including a lawyer, had already been booked in the case.
Sources said that so far 25 witnesses, including two police officials, have deposed before the trial court. Another prosecution witness, Abhay Narayan Singh, who is at present posted as Station House Officer (SHO) of Kotwali police station, deposed before the court on Friday. His cross-examination would continue.
The court has fixed on Monday the next date of hearing in the case. Earlier, NK Singh, SHO of Patliputra police station, had appeared before the court as a prosecution witness.
While four accused, Shankar Sao, Ashish Kumar, Anil Oraon and Manohar, are under judicial custody, the fifth one, Ram Chandra Mahto, a lawyer, is on bail. The lawyer has been charged with purchasing the goods stolen from the house of Papiya Ghosh.
Prof Ghosh and her maid were stabbed to death by unidentified criminals on the night of December 2/3, 2006. The police described the incident as a simple case of robbery.