CBI files third chargesheet in Tara Shahdeo tor­ture case

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Ranchi - Bedanti Saran [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

RANCHI: The CBI on Fri­day fur­nished chargesheet in the third case lodged against Ran­jeet Singh Kohli alias Raqibul Has­san Khan ac­cused of dup­ing his shooter wife, Tara Shahdeo, into mar­riage and co­erc­ing her to em­brace Is­lam.

Kohli, in the third case, is charged with keep­ing and op­er­at­ing around 39 SIM cards un­der fake names.

Mean­while, the Jhark­hand high court on Fri­day granted bail to Kohli in this case. Kohli has been lan­guish­ing at the Birsa Munda Cen­tral Jail since Au­gust, 2014, in all the three cases. He would not be re­leased from jail as he is yet to get bail in other two cases.

The mat­ter dates back to Au­gust, 2014, when Shahdeo had lodged an FIR with Ranchi’s Kot­wali po­lice sta­tion against her hus­band, Ran­jeet Singh Kohli, and mother-in-law Kausal Rani al­leg­ing that they tor­tured her for not em­brac­ing Is­lam. She had al­leged that Kohli en­joyed close con­nec­tions with high pro­file peo­ple in­clud­ing some leg­is­la­tors, ju­di­cial of­fi­cers and ex­ec­u­tives.

On the ba­sis of Shahdeo’s dis­clo­sures and Kohli’s phone call de­tails, the po­lice had lodged two more FIRs.

Af­ter the Jhark­hand high court’s in­ter­ven­tion, the CBI took over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of all the three cases in 2015.

On Fri­day, the probe agency fur­nished chargesheet against Kohli in a spe­cial CBI court dis­clos­ing that he had pur­chased 39 SIM cards and 15 mo­bile phones on the ba­sis of fake and forged doc­u­ments.

These mo­bile phones and SIM cards were pur­chased un­der fake names which in­clude Ranchi res­i­dents Poonam Singh, Dilesh­war Ya­dav, Phool­mani Toppo, Awadesh Ku­mar, Rahul Rana and oth­ers.

The CBI, in the chargesheet, sub­mit­ted that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in this case was still con­tin­u­ing and more rev­e­la­tions were ex­pected in the times to come.

CBI fur­nished a list of 20 wit­nesses to prove this case. JAMSHED­PUR: Po­lice on Fri­day busted a mini gun fac­tory here at Daiguttu lo­cal­ity un­der Mango po­lice sta­tion (PS) in Jamshed­pur and ar­rested an arms dealer, who had sup­plied the gun used in Sonari shootout on Novem­ber 26, po­lice said on Fri­day.

“We ar­rested an arms dealer Govind Sharma and sealed his mini gun fac­tory in Daiguttu area to­day. We have seized 35 tools and tack­les used in mak­ing guns apart from a sin­gle-shot gun and 315 bul­lets from his possession. Con­fes­sion of Kis­han Bal­muchu, one of the ac­cused in fir­ing on Rakesh Dubey in Sonari on Novem­ber 26, led us to Govind and his gun fac­tory,” said Arun Ku­mar Ma­hatha, Mango PS of­fi­cer-in-charge (OC).

Po­lice said Kis­han Bal­muchu con­fessed Sharma sup­plied guns to him in Daiguttu. “We pro­duced him in court to­day from where he was sent to 14 days ju­di­cial cus­tody,” Ma­hatha added. Govind was al­legedly mak­ing sin­gle-shot coun­try made guns for five years.

Sonari OC Naresh Sinha, how­ever, said that they were yet to re­cover the gun used in fir­ing on Rakesh Dubey by Gangesh Singh gang on Novem­ber 26.

Kis­han Bal­muchu along with one Happy and Aman Sahu had sur­ren­dered in the court few days ago while po­lice had ar­rested Gangesh Singh, Shankar Lodhi and Babu Lodhi on Novem­ber 29.

■ Ranjit Singh Kohli

HT

Mango po­lice with the ar­rested ■ gun-maker Govind Sharma.

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