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Sitapur train horror: Key accused was hiding in cane field for 45 days

For over a month, Iddu Mian’s hideout was a sugarcane field near his house in Saraiya village of Motihari district in Bihar.

lucknow Updated: Jan 17, 2018 15:53 IST
Rohit K Singh
Rohit K Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Iddu Mian in police custody in Lucknow on tuesday.(HT)

For over a month, Iddu Mian’s hideout was a sugarcane field near his house in Saraiya village of Motihari district in Bihar and he was planning to move to Delhi when he was arrested on Monday night. Before reaching his place, he travelled to multiple places and stopped using his cell phone to dodge cops who were on his trail.

HOW HE WAS TRACKED
  • Iddu Mian suspected that the police team might raid his house anytime, so he stopped living there and made his hideout in the sugarcane field.
  • He stayed there by making some temporary arrangements for at least 45 days, said Saumitra Yadav, SP, GRP Lucknow.
  • “Iddu’s elder son, Raees, from his first wife helped us track him and he only gave a tip-off to the police about his location,” said the SP.
  • The police team visited Iddu’s house many times during which they convinced his son Raees and took him into confidence to inform them about his father.
  • Iddu used to come out of the field only in the evening or at night and again enter into the field after purchasing some eatables and basics. Some people in the village were aware of his whereabouts, but they did not share it with the police as they were scared of him, said Yadav.

The 42-year-old man, accused of throwing his four minor daughters off a moving train, was arrested in Bihar’s Motihari district late on Monday. The UP Government Railway Police (GRP) brought him to Lucknow on Tuesday.

Saumitra Yadav, SP, GRP Lucknow, said Iddu Mian suspected that the police team might raid his house anytime, so he stopped living there and made his hideout in the sugarcane field. He stayed there by making some temporary arrangements for at least 45 days.

Iddu used to come out of the field only in the evening or at night and again enter into the field after purchasing some eatables and basics. Some people in the village were aware of his whereabouts, but they did not share it with the police as they were scared of him, said Yadav.

“Iddu’s elder son, Raees, from his first wife helped us track him and he only gave a tip-off to the police about his location,” said the SP. The police team visited Iddu’s house many times during which they convinced his son Raees and took him into confidence to inform them about his father.

Sub-inspector Fazal-ur-Rehman, who was part of the investigation team, said the cops got a tip-off about Iddu many times but he managed to escape every time. Iddu returned to his house around four days after committing the crime, but immediately left the place sensing trouble, he said.

The S-I said the accused was so smart that he took the road route to return home and changed many buses from Jammu to Delhi. From there, he reached Moradabad and then Motihari, Bihar via Lucknow.

Iddu even visited Jammu, Patiala, Chandigarh, Delhi and Nepal after leaving his house for the second time, but returned to his village again after spending a few weeks away.

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He said Iddu spent a few days in Nepal and had planned to settle there for some time, but returned as he did not get any work there. The police team, however, was interrogating the accused before finalising the chargesheet against him. Iddu’s wife was also informed about his arrest and she was coming for further legal proceedings soon, he added.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 15:53 IST