Jamshedpur, Feb 9: The district police arrested Prakash Mishra, the main accused in transporter Birre Singh murder case and seven of his associates from Siwan district of Bihar on Saturday afternoon. They were watching a movie at a cinema hall in Siwan town on Saturday.
Those arrested were identified as Prakash Mishra, Bhim Kamat,, Titu Sardar, Jayprakash, Mohammed Ezaz, Moni Das, Raja Singh and Ravi Kumar. When Ezaz is a resident of Siwan, the rest of the accused are the residents of steel city. Police today brought all the eight arrested persons from Siwan on a transit remand and produced them before the media before forwarding them to the judicial custody.
Prakash and his associated had murder 46-year-old transporter Birre alias Dalbir Singh at Jemco under Telco police station area late in the night December 10 last year in sequel to an old enmity. The police had already arrested three persons, Kunal Sharma, Ashok Rai and Naveen Pandey in connection to the murder just two days after the murder, but the main accused Prakash and had seized arms and weapons used in the murder. But the rest of the accused including Prakash had absconded.
Revealing about the breakthrough, senior superintendent of police, Amol V Homkar said revenge killing was the motive behind the murder of Birre Singh. According to the senior SP, as Birre used to help Jha in getting convicted Mishras, the latter had targetted Birre also their enemy and determined to kill him. But Mishra somehow managed to obtain parole from the Jharkhand High Court and started trying to kill Birre.
“For the first time, Mishras had opened fire on Birre at Jemco Chowk on September 17, 2012, but somehow managed to escape unhurt. Ultimately, Mishra hatched a conspiracy and ultimately murdered the trnasporter in the night of December 10, 2013,” the senior SP said. Homkar said Birre was also blood thirsty of Laxminarayan Mishra and Prakash and was in the attempt of killing Mishras, triggering a fierce rivalry between the two sides.
Revealing about the extent of efforts, the team from the district police made in arresting the accused, the senior SP said that from the interrogation of the three arrested persons, they had made an idea that they must be hiding somewhere in Siwan. He said therefore, he had sent a team of police officers led by deputy superintendent of police (law and order), BN Singh to Siwan a fortnight ago.
He said two of the police officers were searching for the culprits in the guise of salesmen.