Accused in engineers’ killing arrested in Jharkhand

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Patna, July 11 (IANS) The Special Task Force of Bihar Police on Monday arrested Mukesh Pathak, a dreaded criminal, from Ramgarh in neighbouring Jharkhand, police said.

Pathak is the prime accused in the killing of two engineers of a private construction company.

“It is a big catch for the police as Pathak was absconding for months. He will be brought here and interrogated by a team of police officials,” Additional Director General of police headquarters Sunil Kumar said.

He said the police will take Pathak on remand for interrogation and file a chargesheet against him soon to ensure a speedy trial.

According to police, Pathak was behind the killing of two engineers — Brajesh Kumar and Mukesh Kumar — on December 26, 2015 by two motorcycle-borne assailants. The engineers were killed for not paying extortion money.

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An official of construction company BSC-C&C Joint Venture Ltd had said that Pathak, who works as a ‘shooter’ for gangster Santosh Jha, was demanding the money since August.

The official said Pathak had called several times between December 16 and 20, 2015.

A police probe indicated the involvement of Santosh Jha’s gang. Jha is currently lodged in Gaya Central Jail.

Police said there are 16 serious criminal cases against Pathak.



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