October 24, 2020

Don surrenders, relief for cops

Patna: Muzaffarpur police heaved a sigh of relief after Rakesh Kumar alias Chunnu Thakur, an undertrial facing charges of murder, extortion and kidnapping, surrendered in a local court on Tuesday.

Thakur had escaped from police custody near Kanti in Muzaffarpur district on Monday under mysterious circumstances while being escorted to Muzaffarpur from New Delhi, where he had gone for treatment.

Senior police officers remained on their toes the whole night making frantic searches for him.

On Tuesday, Thakur, who was in the news in 2005 for his involvement in the kidnapping of a DPS student and son of a businessman, Kislay Gupta, from Patna for ransom, surrendered in the court.

The police immediately arrested him as a fresh case was lodged with the Kanti police station in the district for his “escape” from police custody on Monday. Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur said on Tuesday that Thakur was arrested in a case lodged with the Kanti police station in the district soon after he surrendered in the court. Patna High Court had earlier granted him bail in a case lodged with Kazimohammadpur police station.

Sources said Thakur was arrested in May this year when he met with an accident on Muzaffarpur-Reva road and was undergoing treatment at a private nursing home in the district headquarters town, around 80km north of Patna. Later, six members of his gang were arrested and a haul of illegal weapons were seized from them.

Sources said Thakur was taken to Delhi for treatment for the fractures that he received in the road accident last May.

However, on way to Muzaffarpur from Delhi, he, along with the members of the escort team, stopped at a roadside motel near Kanti in Muzaffarpur for a meal and managed to dodge the cops. The matter was reported to senior police officers late in the night.

“Thank God, ijjat bach gayee (Thank God, our honour was saved),” said a senior police officer posted at the headquarters. The incident has left the senior cops red-faced.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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