Time-out gain for criminals

The alleged failure of police in Jamui to file chargesheets on time has helped several criminals accused in murder cases to walk free of jail on bail.

The latest instance is the case of Mukesh Yadav, who had allegedly masterminded the Gidhshwarnath ambush on September 20, 2012. An assistant sub-inspector of police, Jai Kishore Singh, was killed and three security personnel were injured in the attack in the Khaira area.

The court of the Jamui chief judicial magistrate granted Mukesh a bail on Tuesday, as the police failed to submit the charge-sheet in the case within 90 days of Yadav's arrest. "The police had failed to submit the chargesheet against my client even after 90 days passed since his arrest," said Hara Krishna Kumar, the advocate of Mukesh.

Though Jamui superintendent of police (SP) Upendra Prasad Sharma was not available for comment, police records revealed that the FIR filed against Mukesh had mentioned his alleged links with the Maoists in connection with the Gidhshwarnath ambush.

Earlier, director-general of police Abhayanand had to take cognisance of Jamui police's alleged failure to take Guddu Yadav, a criminal active in the Sikendra area of the district, in remand on December 26 last year. Regional inspector-general of police, Bhagalpur, Jitendar Singh had sought a reply from the officer investigating the case.

Police had arrested Guddu in March for his alleged connection in more than 31 cases spanning over 10 years in various districts. He also got a bail from a court in Nawada December 26, 2012.

Deputy inspector-general of police (Munger zone) Anil Kishore Yadav said: "We will not spare any officer responsible for such incidents."

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