CBI files third chargesheet in Tara Shahdeo torture case
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
Mango police with the arrested ■ gun-maker Govind Sharma.