patna,(bihartimes): the seventh accused in the papiya ghosh murder case, sanyog rai, who was arrested from ludhiana last tuesday was produced before the chief judicial magistrate of patna on friday.
papiya was professor of history in patna university and along with her domestic help malti devi was killed on dec 6, 2006 at her pataliputra colony house.
sanyog is the last accused in the case and has been living in hiding for the past six years by changing his identity. he has been working in a small factory of nuts and bolts in ludhiana under the assumed name of sunny since 2006. a four-member patna police team nabbed him from janata nagar locality in that city.
as per the police version sanyog had left his kurji balupur residence under digha police station soon after the murders were committed. he virtually severed connection with his family.
according to the senior superintendent of police (ssp) amrit raj last month, patna police nabbed mustakim, one of the absconding accused, from seraikela in jharkhand. a special police team, comprising three sub-inspectors and a constable, was on sanyog’s trail since then. all seven accused in the case are in custody now.
papiya used to live with the domestic help in her father’s patliputra colony house, barely 100 metres from the local police station.
her father, a bihar-cadre ias officer, was also suspected to have been murdered long back. her sister is a senior ias officer in delhi.
as per the post-mortem report, she was stabbed 34 times. the police still maintain she was murdered for gain.
the ssp said sanyog was responsible for selling the looted articles and the car. he called up his mother just five times in six years.
mustakim’s interrogation and the visit of sanyog’s mother to ludhiana helped the police track him down. earlier, the police had raided several places in bengal, jharkhand and maharashtra.
it needs to be recalled that shankar sah, the main conspirator, had been sentenced to death. manohar kumar, ashish kumar and anil oraon were sentenced to life imprisonment and ramchandra mahto got three years’ rigorous imprisonment.