Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Shooter Shahdeo demands CBI probe in forced conversion case

Ranchi: Police here on Wednesday brought Ranjit Singh Kohli alias Raqibul Hasan, accused in the Tara Shahdeo case, to the state Capital on a three day transit remand granted by a New Delhi metropolitan court.

Cops said they will be interrogating the accused in connection with the various allegations leveled against him by his wife and national level shooter Tara Shahdeo for allegedly torturing the latter and forcing her for conversion.

Raqibul was arrested Tuesday night from near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border in a joint operation by the Jharkhand and the Delhi police teams. Talking to reporters at New Delhi airport, he said he was Hindu and that the allegations of torture and attempt of forced conversion against him were fabricated.

Meanwhile, Tara Shahdeo, allegedly tortured to convert to Islam by the accused who married her by reportedly posing as a Hindu, has demanded a CBI probe into the episode. She said she would be writing to PM Narendra Modi for a CBI probe into the case.

“We demand a CBI probe. Ranjeet alias Rakibul is playing his cards and everything is taking place as per his plan. The issue will die down after his arrest. He has connections with ministers, police officers and people in the judiciary. Only a CBI probe will unveil the entire thing,” Tara told reporters.

She is happy that Raqibul has been arrested but is skeptical of getting justice. Video footage on some news channels shows Raqibul�s mother dancing with a police officer on the day of her son’s marriage.

Raqibul Tuesday sent an email to media houses claiming his innocence and saying that his 80-year-old mother was operated upon and was undergoing treatment.

The Ranchi police say they have not got any documentary evidence to prove that Ranjeet is a Muslim by faith.

“We will interrogate Rakibul and all the people whom he will name,” a police officer said.

Sources close to Shahdeo say police are making a case of a husband torturing his wife. They say the police are not interested in interrogating politicians, police and judicial officials who were visitors at Raqibul�s house.

During the in-camera proceeding, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satish Kumar Arora granted Jharkhand Police three-day transit remand of Raqibuland his mother.

According to sources, police told the court a Jharkhand court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Raqibul.

Police said the accused was required to be produced in a Jharkhand court and sought timely remand of the accused.

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