RPF ‘homework’ helped CB nab city jail fugitives

Nagpur (NGP): Head constable Sanjay Soni and senior inspector Chandan Singh Bisht of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Betul, Madhya Pradesh, were the main architect of the plan that led to the arrests of two of the five jail-breakers who had fled from Nagpur Central Jail on March 31. Another criminal from Uttar Pradesh, Arman Malik, was also arrested along with the fugitive duo.

A lower court on Friday remanded Mohd Shoaib Khan and Prem Khatri alias Nepali to custody of crime branch till May 22. Shoaib and Khatri, along with Malik, were nabbed from an undisclosed location at Ram Nagar in Betul following a joint operation of city police’s crime branch and RPF.

Bisht, a native of Nagpur, along with his staffers of Betul RPF, are learnt to be the unsung heroes of the joint operation for which Nagpur city police wanted to take the sole credit a day before through a controversy marred press conference addressed by top cop SP Yadav. Yadav had to apologize for a constable’s unprovoked verbal duel with scribes outside his office and crime branch. Yadav had stated that police nabbed the culprits at Bokhara in Koradi.

PI Bisht stated that he had immediately relayed Shoaib’s number to the Nagpur crime branch after head constable came across it. “Shoaib and others were staying in Betul and changing locations frequently. Their movements were under scanner but could not be pinned down earlier as they had sneaked away to Uttar Pradesh,” he said. “We had information that Shoaib and others were likely to return to Betul between May 12 and 13,” he said.

Sources in the crime branch stated that Satyendra Gupta, Bisen Singh Ukey, Ashish Thakur, Nepali and Shoaib had sneaked away to Uttar Pradesh. “In fact, the fugitives are frequently shuttling between different places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh,” said a police source. “Gupta and Ukey are cleverer than others. They know that staying at the same place could be dangerous. They are using past experience and not using mobile phones for communication unless absolutely necessary and are also likely to have changed names. They are also planning to get help from local criminals of UP and MP whose mobile phones are now being tracked by Nagpur crime branch’s cyber cell,” said a source.

It is reliably learnt that Shoaib’s mobile number helped crime branch get more possible links with whom the fugitives are likely to be communicating for logistics support. The crime branch officials are now constantly monitoring movements of some persons who are likely to be communicating with remaining three jail-breakers. Local cops are also coordinating with special task forces of UP and MP. Senior officers of UP and MP police have helped local crime branch with their senior officers now working on the crucial inputs provided by cyber cell. City police are now carrying out searches at different places.