Absconding accused in the Bihari women's murder case nabbed by Sikkim Police from Chapra

GANGTOK: Sikkim Police arrested a 36-year-old man from Bihar’s Chapra district for allegedly killing his girlfriend at a Gangtok hotel in December last year, an officer said on Wednesday.

The body of the 26-year old victim was found from a hotel room in Gangtok, where she had checked-in with one Kumar Gyaneshwar Singh, who had since gone missing from the hotel, and also seen as the prime suspect by Sikkim Police.

On January 31, Sikkim Police was able to nab the accused from Masumganj in Chapra in coordination with the Bihar Police and he has since been brought to Sikkim for interrogation.

Superintendent of Police of East district, Y Shiva Prasad Wednesday said that the accused and the deceased were lovers and had checked into the hotel after arriving from Chapra, Bihar on December 27 last year.

“The 36-year-old accused had an affair with the victim, who herself was married to another person Ashish Kumar Singh. The victim was 26 years in age and has two children. She had an affair with the accused for the past three years. The accused was not married and had come to Sikkim to spend time with the victim on December 27,” SP (East) said.

“On the same night after consuming alcohol, both of them had a fight because the accused was having multiple other love affairs. It is during this fight that the accused is said to have hit the woman in her abdomen and both of them had gone to sleep.”

SP East informed that investigating police officers Shekhar Basnett and Suman Pokhrel had Aadhar and mobile number of the accused as evidence.

“The police were able to track 40 friends and family of the accused, who were interrogated. From January 3-12, we carried out raids in 10 suspected locations where the accused could have been staying in Bihar. The accused, an engineering graduate, worked as a distributor to a pharmacy and was able to cover his tracks, until finally being tracked down at Masumganj in Chapra, Bihar, on January 31.”

The accused has been booked under sections 302 – punishment for murder – and 201 – causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender – of the Indian Penal Code. He has been booked for 14 days of remand.

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