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Slain FCI official's adopted daughter under scanner

In a new twist to the kidnapping and murder of senior FCI official P C Ram by the ULFA, his maid Junu Murmu, whom he had adopted, has come under the scanner.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2007 19:13 IST

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Hindustantimes
         

In a new twist to the kidnapping and murder of senior FCI official P C Ram by the ULFA, his maid Junu Murmu, whom he had adopted, has come under the scanner on suspicion of involvement in the abduction.

"Murmu will be interrogated as there are reasons to believe she is involved in the episode," a senior police official told PTI in Guwahati.

Ram's body, found on Saturday in a pit at Anandapur village on the banks of the Mora Pagladia river in Assam's Baksa district, was first identified by Murmu and then by his Ghaziabad-based son Pravin.

The police official said Murmu, who earlier worked as a maid in Ram's house in Guwahati, hailed from Baksa where the ULFA militants believed to be involved in kidnapping the FCI executive director had kept him in several hideouts.

"Several sources have revealed that it was Murmu who had introduced the abductors to Ram in his house prior to his kidnapping," he said.

The official said: "Interestingly Rs 12 lakh was paid as the first instalment of the Rs 20-crore ransom demanded by the ULFA from Ram's relatives and the second instalment was demanded after he was killed.

"The ULFA militants called up Pravin (Ram's son) in Ghaziabad yesterday for the second instalment," he said.

Pravin, here to take his father's body to New Delhi, has denied that any ransom was paid.

First Published: Jul 01, 2007 19:10 IST