UP's 'Most Wanted' cop traced to guv's house

UP's 'Most Wanted' cop traced to guv's house

Blind spot

In a bizarre incident, a policeman wanted in connection with a custody death case since the last 11 years, was traced to the security detail at the Rajbhavan here on Thursday, reaffirming the adage “it is always dark at the foot of the light house.”

Sub-inspector Harendra Singh, who succeeded in giving the police a slip for all these years, carried a bounty of Rs 20,000. According to sources, he was deployed at several police stations in the meanwhile, despite featuring in the “most wanted” list of the police.

Police said Singh, along with Vijay Luxmi, the in-charge of Mahila Thana (women’s jail) in Allahabad, were charged with the custodial death of Shivraj Dubey, a suspect in a dowry death case.

Dubey’s relatives alleged that  Singh and Luxmi tortured him in custody. The government had ordered the crime branch of the CID to probe into the matter, which later submitted a chargesheet against Singh and Luxmi. Luxmi subsequently surrendered in court and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment while Singh went underground.

A massive manhunt was launched to arrest Singh, who continued to work right under their nose. He was transferred to Lucknow few months back.

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