Jamshedpur : Gang war in the city has heightened in the city with murder of slain JMM leaderís aide Amit Rai.
Police suspect that gangster Akhilesh Singh conspired to kill him within a week of Upendra Singh’s murder.
Thirty five -year-old Rai near Shiv Ganga Apartment behind Balvihar under Sonari area on Tuesday evening. The murder victim, Amit Rai, was a resident of the Shiv Ganga apartment . A 9 MM pistol was found from the spot of murder.
The officer-in-charge, Sonari police station, Amis Hussain, who is the investigating officer of the murder case, said that Akhilesh Singh had enmity with Upendra Singh’s henchmen, Akhilesh conspired the killing of Amit who is staunch supporter of Upendra.
” We are investigating the incident. We believe that Amit’s murder was conspired by Akhilesh because two months ago, the latter had made an abortive bid to kill the former by launching an armed attack at Sakchi. In this connection, the police had registered a case against Akhilesh Singh and his two shooters Kanhaiya Singh as well as Sudhir Dubey in September,” said the officer-in-charge.
Hussain, however, went on to say that no FIR has been lodged with the Sonari thana in connection with Amit’s murder so far. He said things will get further clear when the FIR is lodged.
Meanwhile, the police today recovered the body of Amit from Tata Main Hospital and sent it to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem.
According to sources, Amit has criminal background. He was arrested along with his wife Punam for extorting money in the name of Akhilesh from a Sonari-based businessman in 2003.
He was again arrested for firing at his girlfriend’s house at Sahara City in Mango in 2005, when he had developed proximity with Akhilesh in the jail. He would subsequently work for Akhilesh for the next seven years.
But a brawl with Kanhaiya Singh, a close associate of Akhilesh a year ago had made Amit to shift his allegiance to Upendra Singh. Since last year, Amit, who was also a sharp-shooter, would work for Upendra Singh.
Sources revealed that Akhilesh targeted Amit because the latter was revealing about the gangster’s connection and secrets before the police who are making frantic attempts to get his whereabouts.
It has been confirmed that the nine MM pistol that the police recovered from the spot of murder in Sonari was that of Amit Rai. It was a loaded automatic pistol.
Meanwhile, after Amit was murdered, the police have beefed up security in the city. Random arms-checking drive across the steel city is on.
They have also sealed up the exit points of the city. The police have further intensified the search for Akhilesh Singh.