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Business to politics, gangster Akhilesh tried wearing different hats

In 2014, while in jail in connection with a couple of murder cases, Singh made a surprise announcement of joining AJSU Party with scores of his associates.

ranchi Updated: Oct 12, 2017 11:13 IST
Manoj Choudhary
Gangster Akhilesh Singh at a hospital after his arrest at Gurugram in Haryana
Gangster Akhilesh Singh at a hospital after his arrest at Gurugram in Haryana (HT Photo)

Gangster Akhilesh Singh, currently in custody of Gurugram police, had tried to wear many hats over the last one and half decades, including donning khadi and becoming a politician, but the police foiled all his ambitious endeavours.

In 2014, while in jail in connection with a couple of murder cases, Singh made a surprise announcement of joining AJSU Party with scores of his associates. AJSU Party chief Sudesh Mahato had then travelled to Jamshedpur from Ranchi to induct Singh’s associates in the party. The gala function held at Agrico ground near chief minister, Raghubar Das’ residence saw a large gathering of people from Jamshedpur East constituency.

The gangster’s men pumped in lakhs of rupees putting up his huge, larger-than-life hoardings and cut-outs across all major thoroughfares of the steel city and at the venue to make the event a grand success. However, police wasted no time bringing down the hoardings and cut-outs. They further enhanced the vigil around him in jail and days later shifted him to Dumka jail to spoil his political ambitions.

When he came out of jail on bail, the police banished his entry into Jamshedpur fearing his presence would threaten law and order situation in the city. The gangster was forced to make Ranchi his home where he floated an organisation called Jharkhand Kshatriya Sangh and became the self-claimed president. However, all through this period, he and his men continued the extortion and ransom racket, bullying traders, businessmen of the steel city.

The youngest son of a retired policeman, Akhilesh had earlier tried his hands in transport business in his early 20s but could not focus on it for long.

“Initially he started transport business in association with one Ashok Sharma, but soon got drawn into crime one. In fact, his life took turn after joining classes of martial art trainer, Vikram Sharma, known as his guru,” a senior police official said.

The urge to make quick and easy money propelled him to enter the crime world and he went deeper and deeper into it with each passing day.

His tryst with the crime world began in 2001 when he allegedly kidnapped businessman Om Prakash Kabra for ransom.

“He surrendered before the police in the case, but escaped later from the Jamshedpur court premises while appearing in a related hearing. He allegedly killed Kabra in November 2002, blaming him for getting the abduction case framed against him,” a source in the Jharkhand police said. Soon he had over 50 cases registered against him.

The checkered history of Akhilesh is peppered with dramatic events: He had surrendered before the court once, escaped from jail once, jumped parole once and was arrested thrice from different areas in different states.

Akhilesh, a former student of Tube Baridih High School, exploited his father, Chandragupta Singh’s contacts in the police department, who was general secretary of Jharkhand Police Men’s Association—pretty well to strengthen his base in the underworld. A Rajput, he also played his caste card nicely.

Sources said Akhilesh got support from a section of police personnel, mostly of his caste, while another group within the force tried to rein in him.

He hit the headlines when he killed the then jailer of Sakchi jail, Uma Shanker Pandey, at Sakchi, in Jamshedpur in 2002. Akhilesh accused Pandey of torturing him while he was lodged in the jail.

With this, he emerged as one of the dreaded names and formed the underworld ‘A’ company.

Taking his count further, Akhilesh allegedly killed shoe businessman-cum-owner of Sreeleathers, Ashish Dey, in November 2007; fired at ex-judge of Jamshedpur court, RP Ravi at Sakchi in March 2008. He has been convicted in some of these cases, including the jailor’s murder, in which he has been awarded life imprisonment.

In November 2016, his rival and JMM leader, Upendra Singh allegedly implicated him in a shootout incident at Sonari. The victim, Amit Rai, who escaped miraculously in the incident, was the JMM leader’s close aide. It is alleged that Upendra planned the shootout to shift the blame on Akhilesh so that he never got permission to enter Jamshedpur.

Agitated, Akhilesh got both Upendra and Rai killed within 20 days gap. The police had since been chasing him. Early this year, the cops recently seized immovable properties of Akhilesh worth crores of rupees in several cities of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.

CRIME HISTORY

-Kidnapping of businessman Om Prakash Kabra in 2001.

-Om Prakash Kabra murder in November 2002

-Murder of Ghaghidih jailor Uma Shankar Pandey at Sakchi in 2002

-Sreeleathers owner Ashish Dey murder at Sakchi in November 2007

-Firing on ex-judge in Jamshedpur court RP Ravi at Sakchi in March 2008

-Firing on Paramjeet Singh at Sakchi in September 2008

-Murder of Tata Steel security officer Jairam Singh at Sakchi in October 2008

-Transporter Ashok Sharma murder at Bistupur in 2008

-Murder of JMM leader Upendra Singh and his associate Amit Rai in November 2016

VAULTING AMBITION The youngest son of a retired policeman, Akhilesh had earlier tried his hands in transport business in his early 20s but could not focus on it for long