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CBI quizzes ex-deputy mayor of Muzaffarpur again in Navruna case

This is the second time in a fortnight that the CBI has interrogated Muzaffarpur municipal corporation’s former deputy mayor Vivek Kumar. He was earlier quizzed on February 3.

patna Updated: Feb 17, 2018 16:14 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
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Navruna Chakravorty, who went missing in 2012. (File photo)

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials quizzed six persons, including a former deputy mayor, in connection with the mysterious disappearance of Navruna Chakravorty, a 14-year old girl, from the north Bihar town of Muzaffarpur in 2012.

A two-member CBI team, headed by an inspector-rank officer, called them to its camp office at Muzaffarpur, 71 km north of Patna, on Friday evening and interrogated them for nearly two hours on various points.

This is the second time in a fortnight that the CBI has interrogated Muzaffarpur municipal corporation’s former deputy mayor Vivek Kumar. He was earlier quizzed on February 3 .

While the CBI team members refused to divulge any details of the interrogation, saying they were not authorised to brief reporters, another official associated with the probe said Kumar and five other persons were summoned after call details records (CDR) of their cellphones confirmed that they were in touch with Navruna’s family.

READ: 5 years on, no chargesheet in Navruna murder case

The official said Kumar was called to the CBI camp office after property dealer Mukesh Thakur revealed that he had interacted with the former deputy mayor while finalising a land deal with Navruna’s father Atulya Chakravorty.

“Thakur claimed that he and Kumar had telephonic conversions with family members of Navruna and some of the suspects in the case,” said the official.

Navruna had gone missing from her house on Jawaharlal Road in Muzaffarpur on the intervening night of September 17 and 18, 2012. The CBI was assigned the investigation on the direction of the Supreme Court after the district police as well as state-run criminal investigation department (CID) failed to make a breakthrough in the case.

On November 26, 2012, a skeleton was found from the drain near the house, and, on the basis of forensic tests, CID said it was that of Navruna, but the family did not accept it.

On the basis of DNA report, the premier probe agency on August 20, 2014, told the special CBI court that the skeleton belonged to Navruna.

READ: Court sends Muzaffarpur ward councillor to two-day CBI remand in Navruna case

It is believed that the land mafia had kidnapped the girl, then student of Class 7, and subsequently killed her. The land sharks were eyeing a chunk of six katthas land, which Navruna’s father, Atulya Chakraborty, wanted to sell and had even taken advance money of Rs 21 lakh for it from Thakur.

Having missed three previous deadlines — October 31, 2016, March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2017— for completing investigations in the case, the CBI is now racing against time to meet the deadline of March 31 this year, set by the Supreme Court.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 16:14 IST