Siwan police on Friday began the process to attach the property of Mohammad Kaif alias Bunty, a suspect in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, after obtaining a court order.
Ranjan was gunned down on Station Road at Siwan on May 13.
Kaif was seen in the company of former RJD MP from Siwan Mohammad Shahabuddin in Bhagalpur, from where the latter was released on bail, and later at the Pratatapur residence of the don-turned-politician.
Saran range deputy inspector general (DIG) Ajit Roy confirmed that the attachment process was underway after the police was granted permission by the court of chief judicial magistrate, Siwan.
Roy said two police teams had been assigned the property attachment job in an extortion demand case in which a court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Kaif.
Police had issued a lookout notice for Kaif, a resident of Dakshin Tola under Siwan town police station area, after a photograph of him with Shahabuddin, a convicted RJD leader, appeared in the media last Saturday.
The police want to arraign Kaif in an earlier case of extortion and quiz him over his mobile phone call details that show that he was in touch with Ranjan on the day of the journalist’s murder.
“Kaif’s call details reveal his presence in the exact vicinity where Ranjan was murdered on the fateful day. We are on good grounds to believe that Kaif was a major conspirator and led the prey to the site, where he was to be gunned down,” a police officer said.
Kaif has pleaded innocence, saying he was just a cricket coach and that the police allegations had traumatised his family.
“My wards are playing in the Bihar U-19 team and I am just a coach. I have never held a gun in my life,” he told reporters before he went underground.
However, that he has been named as one of the absconders in the murder case has also gone against him.
As for the call records, Kaif had come up with a simplistic argument that he was not in Siwan on the day of the murder, but was tending to an emergency at his sister's house and had forgotten to take his mobile phone, which allegedly places him at the site of Ranjan's killing.
Kaif, however, accepted that he knew “Rajdeo bhaiya" and that he had been to his home once, and the deceased even attended a wedding in his family.