Ranchi: Ranchi police on Saturday claimed to have arrested three persons — Abhishek Dubey, Amit Singh and Niwaran Prasad Mahto — from two different places in connection with an alleged attempt to destabilize the state government. They were arrested on the complaints of Congress MLA from Bermo, Anup Singh alias Kumar Jaimangal Singh.
On Saturday evening, Ranchi SSP Surindra Jha agreed after photographs came out that two of the accused were detained in Bokaro on Friday, subsequently brought them to Ranchi for further investigations on Saturday and were arrested from there.
Earlier in the morning, the police had released a press statement saying that they have arrested three persons from different places, including from a raid at a city hotel. The statement also said the trio have confessed to their involvement in the conspiracy to topple the state government. The cops have seized Rs 2 lakh cash, documents and electronic equipment. Several others involved in the case were absconding, the statement said.
“The accused have admitted that they planned to contact political personalities and offer them cash. Police are trying to identify and verify all the persons involved in the case. The examination of documents and electronic equipment seized during the raids is going on,” Jha said in the statement.
He, however, refused to comment from where the third person was arrested from. It was also not clear why police said they conducted a raid in a Ranchi hotel to arrest two of the accused when they were detained in Bokaro and allegedly brought to the hotel. “I will not divulge further information other than what is written in the statement,” Jha said when contacted.
According to information available on social media, Abhishek Dubey’s profile is not known but an identity card seized from Amit Singh says he is a contract worker at BSL while Niwaran Prasad Mahto is a vegetable vendor who had fought the assembly election in 2009.
A case (159/ 2021) was registered on July 22 under sections 419, 420, 124A, 120B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 171B of the Representation of People’s Act and sections 8 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the trio. Acting on the same FIR by the MLA, the trio was arrested and produced before a court on Saturday.
In his complaint to the Kotwali police station on Thursday, MLA Singh had said hawala traders and BJP leaders from outside were camping in Ranchi with the intention to destabilize the alliance government. He further said some influential and rich people were staying in hotels under fake names and trying to establish contact with the MLAs.