A court here today ordered attachment of property of Mohammad Kaif, a suspect in the killing of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, in connection with an earlier case of extortion. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Arvind Kumar Singh accepted the police prayer and ordered attachment of property of Kaif, an alleged sharpshooter who has been absconding, in the case of ‘rangdari’ (extortion).
Kaif is a resident of Dakshin Tola locality of Siwan.
The Siwan police have been on the lookout for Kaif ever since a photograph of his with RJD strongman Mohammad Shahbuddin after the latter left Bhagalpur jail on Saturday last, appeared in the media.
Kaif alias Bunty is a suspect in the killing of scribe Rajdeo Ranjan on May 13 in Siwan and was reportedly absconding along with Mohammad Javed, another suspect.
Siwan Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar Sah said till yesterday the force was preparing to move the court for property attachment order against Kaif for allegedly killing Ranjan and an old case of extortion, but after CBI formally took over the journalist murder case today, the prayer at the court mentioned only the extortion case.
Police are following due procedure and property attachment would be executed either tonight or tomorrow, the SP said.
He said the court has given order for pasting proclamation notice as well as to execute property attachment simultaneously.
Kaif gave the police the slip and gave an interview to a private TV channel at an undisclosed location yesterday in which he pleaded innocence.
Though Kaif has claimed that he is a cricketer and ran a cricket academy for youngsters, police records said his name figured in FIRs in five cases related to kidnapping, dacoity and sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, the district administration sources said the administration has sent a report to the state government stating that people and traders are expressing fear after the release of Shahabuddin on bail. The antecedents of the RJD strongman have been made a basis of the report.