Officer cleared after six years
Dumka: Senior IPS officer from Bihar cadre and the former superintendent of police, Dumka, Rajesh Ranjan was exempted from a murder case after a lull of six years by the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Dumka.
Ranjan was accused of murder by the kin of the deceased who was detained in the police station while Ranjan was police chief in the district.
The incident started with the when one Tetka Hansdak of Saruba village under the town police station was picked up on June 14, 1995. Hansdak was detained in connection of his alleged involvement in a crime case.
Later, the man disappeared while in captivity in the police station. Matla Murmu and Sufal Murmu ? two other men picked up by police with Tetka ? were released by the police after interrogation.
In a significant development, the town police in their compliance to execute the order of the arresting warrant sent by the court had written: ?The accused died in an encounter in one of the neighbouring states around Dumka?.
The report by the then officer in-charge of the police station gave an opportunity to the next kin of Hansdak to put the police on dock.