Jamshedpur: City police and Bihar special task force (STF) on Thursday nabbed Harish Kumar Singh, a prime suspect in the murder of transporter cum contractor Upendra Singh.
The 35-year-old Harish alias Chottu Singh, a native of Bhojpur district of Bihar, was absconding from his house in Baradwari under Sakchi police station, since November 2016. He was staying at a flat under Patliputra police station area of Patna. He and a Mango-based woman stayed there while pretending to be a Muslim couple to hide their identity.
“On a tip-off we came to know that Harish had been staying in the flat as a tenant for the last few months by the name of Rehan with a woman from whom he also had a girl child. We are trying to ascertain, whether he had forged identity proof (Aadhar card etc) while taking the flat on rent. Our team raided the house early this morning and nabbed Harish who was unarmed,” said SSP East Singhbhum Anoop Birtharay.
A team led by DSP composite control room (CCR) Sudhir Kumar had been camping in Patna for the last four days. Police have also recovered three mobile phones and an SUV (Scorpio) from his possession.
Notably, transporter Upendra Singh was gunned down by armed assailants at the Bar building on the Jamshedpur Civil Court premises in Sitaramdera on November 30 2016. The transporter’s murder was allegedly conspired by his rival gangster Akhilesh Singh with the help of his associates.
Singh had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly polls from Jamshedpur West seat on a JMM ticket. His bodyguards also opened fire to counter the attack. About 14 rounds were exchanged from both sides. Singh is known as a flourishing businessman, who ran a restaurant at Sakchi bus terminus as well as a transport unit.