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243 suspects detained, 17 arrested in Jharkhand judge death case

CCTV footage of the incident.  

Police detained 243 suspects and arrested 17 persons in connection with the death of judge Uttam Anand in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district, besides seizing 250 auto-rickshaws, a senior officer said on Monday.

Two police officers were also suspended, including one for making the CCTV footage of the incident public, he said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sanjiv Kumar said that 243 persons were taken into custody after raids in different police station areas of the district on Sunday evening.

They are being interrogated, he added.

“Police have also searched 53 hotels of the district and arrested 17 persons in connection with the incident. FIRs have been lodged against them in different police stations,” Mr. Kumar said.

Though the police recovered the autorickshaw that hit the judge when he was out on morning walk, in a special drive, 250 autorickshaws that had documents irregularities were seized, the officer said.

Sub Inspector Adarsh Kumar was suspended for making the CCTV footage public, Mr. Kumar said.

Pathardih police station in-charge Umesh Manjhi was suspended on Saturday for lodging FIR about an autorickshaw theft two days after the accident, he said.

CBI probe ordered

Chief Minister Hemant Soren had on Saturday decided to hand over the probe to the CBI.

The leaked CCTV footage showed that the judge was jogging on one side of a fairly wide road at Randhir Verma Chowk on Wednesday morning when an auto-rickshaw veered towards him, hit him from behind and fled the scene.


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