PATNA: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday arrested six persons including two property dealers and a hotel owner from different locations in Muzaffarpur in connection with the much highlighted Navaruna kidnapping and murder case.
This is first major action of CBI in the case in last four years. CBI took over investigation of the case after lodging an FIR on February 14, 2014.
The arrested persons were identified as Vimal Agarwal (28), Rakesh Singh (38), Brajesh Singh (48), Vikrant Kumar Shukla (40), Mohammad Shah Alam (46) and Abhay Gupta (33).
They were initially called for interrogation by the CBI sleuths on Saturday following which they were arrested. Later on Sunday, they were produced before a court in Muzaffarpur and were sent to 14 days judicial custody.
Navaruna Chakravarty (13), a Class-VIII student of Saint Xavier’s School in Muzaffarpur was kidnapped mysteriously on night of September 18, 2012, from inside her bedroom by breaking window grills of her residence located at Jawaharlal Nehru Nagar. Surprisingly, none of the family members came to know when she was kidnapped.
Almost a month later, a skeleton was recovered from a drainage beside her residence whose DNA sampling proved that it was of Navaruna. CBI sources said she was murdered only after some influential persons took step through middlemen to purchase the plot in which Chakravarty family was living.
A senior officer of the federal agency said that while Brajesh and Vikrant are influential property dealers, Abhay is a hotel owner and Alam is former vice-chairman of zila parishad as well as has criminal cases lodged against him. “He is also politically well connected,” he added.
“We would soon move court to take all six on remand for further interrogation in the kidnapping and murder case,” sources said.
“Another accused Rajesh Kumar Sinha, councillor of ward number 13, is presently on bail,” he said. Sinha was the first accused in the case to be arrested on September 4, 2017.
He said Supreme Court has given CBI deadline of September 16 to conclude the investigation in the case. The apex court had increased deadline on several occasions in the case.
The case was initially investigated by district police but was later handed over to CID before finally CBI took over after state government’s recommendation.