Jamshedpur, May 25: The city police on Wednesday arrested one Md. Ali alias MD in connection with the firing incident at Jwaharnagar, Mango, on the night of May 22 and recovered a country-made pistol from him.
In addition, during their course of investigation, the police recovered two used and a live 7.65 bore cartridges from the incident spot. Md. Ali confessed to the police that they had fired at Anupam Singh alias Golu with the intention to kill him, police claimed.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, East Singhbhum senior SP Anoop T Mathew said injured Anupam was successfully operated upon at the Tata Main Hospital. According to the SSP, the condition of Anupam was improving rapidly.
During the course of interrogation, Md. Ali further told the police that four other people were with him at the time of the shooting incident. Two of them, Sonu alias Mahtab and Atik were residents of Barinagar under the jurisdiction of Telco police station, while the remaining two accused – Md. Sharif alias Bangali and Md. Jahid were residents of Road No. 13, Jwaharnagar, Mango.
The police are now hunting for these four accused, who are said to be absconding.
According to Mathew, all the accused are drug addicts and they keep changing their joints due to police pressure or objections from local people. They fired on Anupam on the fateful night following a dispute over their joint, which was just outside the victim’s house.
The accused called Anupam on his cell phone and asked him to meet them near the Azadnagar Gitilpidi mobile tower in Mango on May. When the victim arrived at the designated spot, the accused fired at him with the intention to kill him. Seeing Anupam drop to the ground with near fatal injuries, the accused fled the area, police said.
Soon after the incident, an irate mob, including Anupam’s family members, gathered to protest against the police inaction to nab the culprits. During this time, the police resorted to lathi-charge on the protestors.
Apart from the local popular, this infuriated local MLA and Jharkhand minister for civil supplies, Saryu Rai, who directed the SSP to initiate strict actions against the guilty police personnel when the duo met at the TMH on May 22 night.
According to him, the primary task of the police after any incident is to bring the situation under control and this often requires strong arm tactics.
Mathew told newspersons today that the police are probing the matter. Simultaneously, different police teams are conducting raids to nab the absconding accused and he hoped that they would be nabbed soon.
The police team dealing with the case is headed by DSP Kirti Narayan Mishra and includes Mango police station officer in-charge ASI Shiv Shankar Ram, assistant ASI Shatrughan Singh and others.