Gang­ster shot dead on Bi­har court premises


NO­TO­RI­OUS CRIMINAL and king­pin of an ex­tor­tion gang in North Bi­har, Bablu Dubey, 31, who faced more than two dozen cases of mur­der and kid­nap­ping in East and West Cham­paran dis­tricts, was shot dead on Be­tia court premises on Thurs­day.

He was named in the mur­der of two road con­struc­tion en­gi­neers in Darb­hanga and kid­nap­ping of Nepalese busi­ness­man Suresh Ke­dia, who was re­leased re­port­edly af­ter pay­ing a heavy ran­som to the Dubey gang. Dubey was once the right-hand man of dreaded gang­ster San­tosh Jha.

When Dubey was com­ing out af­ter be­ing pro­duced in the court, two uniden­ti­fied per­sons en­tered the premises on a mo­tor­bike at around 11.30 am and fired five bul­lets at him from a close range, po­lice said. He died on the way to a hospi­tal.

Dubey, who was lodged in Moti­hari Jail since De­cem­ber 2013, was shifted to Be­tia Jail on April 11 to com­plete the hear­ing of a mur­der case against him. A res­i­dent of Siswa Kharar vil­lage of East Cham­paran dis­trict, Dubey was brought to the court from Be­tia jail on Thurs­day morn­ing in con­nec­tion with the Jaal­wa­har Sah mur­der case. Moti­hari Jail Su­per­in­ten­dent Manoj Ku­mar said­dubey­was­namedin54­cases and had been ac­quit­ted in 30.

West Cham­paran SP Vi­nay Ku­mar said, “Uniden­ti­fied as­sailants fired at Dubey from close range. We are con­duct­ing raids to nab the crim­i­nals. In­ter-dis­trict bor­der is be­ing mon­i­tored.”

Dubey was ar­rested from Ada­pur po­lice sta­tion area of East Cham­paran dis­trict in 2013 when he was try­ing to es­cape to Nepal. A long­time con­duit of San­tosh Jha, Dubey had fallen out with the gang­ster in an arms deal. Dubey had grabbed me­dia at­ten­tion when his name sur­faced in the Suresh Ke­dia kid­nap­ping case.

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