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Bomb scare on train; MP police arrest Bihar govt employee

The 55-year-old was booked in a case of misappropriation of Rs 48 lakh and jumped bail after spending three months in Beyur jail in Patna.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal |
January 17, 2015 4:58:44 pm

Less than a week after a bomb scare on the Gondwana Express, the Madhya Pradesh police have arrested a fugitive from Bihar, who was living in Jabalpur by faking his identity, claiming that he wanted to implicate his brother-in-law and sister who had allegedly usurped his property.

Assistant Engineer with the Rural Development Authority of Bihar, Vineet Kumar Singh, was living in a rented house in Jabalpur’s Hathital locality since 2010 by pretending to be Praveen Awasthi and had forged documents to support his new identity, the GRP said on Saturday. The 55-year-old was booked in a case of misappropriation of Rs 48 lakh and jumped bail after spending three months in Beyur jail in Patna.

The police found names of SIMI activists in his laptop but ruled out his connection with the proscribed students’ organization saying he probably wanted to use these names in future to threaten someone. There was no time device in the `bomb’ made from a few firecrackers (sutli bombs), a 12 volt battery, two lighters, a multimeter and a switch, all of which was kept next to a bag under a berth in S-8 coach of the Jabalpur-H Nizamuddin Express that was thoroughly examined at Malkhedi railway station.

Special DG M S Gupta said the bag contained documents to lead the police to Vineet’s sister Kamla Kumari and brother-in-law Vijay Kumar Singh. During his preliminary interrogation, Vineet alleged that he wanted to implicate his relatives who had lodged false cases against him in Bihar after usurping his property. Vineet, who had managed to get a voter identity card in his new name, was living with his wife Nirmala.

The police claimed despite the thorough checking and presence of policemen Vineet travelled on the same train up to Gwalior and was present in the same s-8 compartment throughout. Gupta said the police are looking for a lame beggar who reportedly cursed a man who refused to give him money saying “you people will die in an explosion.’’

Gupta said the ‘low intensity bomb’ could have started a fire after manually operating the switch. But not to take chances, the police have sought help from the forensic department to examine the ‘assembly.’

The police said he lived at Tilha Mahavir, Beldari Tola in Gaya district.

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