Nepal cops give list of criminals to Araria SP
Bhuvaneshwar Prasad, ARARIA (TNN): Zakir Miyan of Araria and former chairman of Jogbani panchayat parishad Bhola Shanker Tiwari figure prominently in the list of 35 “most wanted” criminals handed over to the Araria police by Morang (Nepal) district police chief at the district level co-ordination meeting of Bihar and Nepal authorities held at Morang in Nepal on April 16.
Morang district police chief Pradum Karki handed over the “most wanted” list of criminals to his Araria counterpart, Shivdeep Lande, at the district level co-ordination meeting at Morang on Monday in exchange of the list.
The Nepal police apprehended their complicity in connection with the kidnapping of Nepal-based corporate honcho, Tulsiram Agrawal, on January 26, 2002. The kidnappers had released the corporate honcho after about a month in which he had shelled out a whopping ransom amount of Rs 5 crore, highly placed official sources said. A dreaded criminal from Bihar, Pappu Dev, who was a named accused in this case, is in a Nepal jail since long. It was his disclosure under intense interrogation that the names of criminals from Bihar had cropped up, sources said.
Araria SP Shivdeep Lande on Thursday confirmed the names of Zakir Miyan of Araria and former Jogbani panchayat parishad chief Bhola Shanker Tiwari in the “most wanted” list of criminals submitted by the Morang district police chief, Pradum Karki, on Monday.
Meanwhile, Araria law maker Zakir Hussain Khan, on Thursday, maintained, “On the day, January 25, 2002, the Nepali business tycoon, Tulsiram Agrawal, was kidnapped, I was in jail in Araria and was released on bail some 22 days after the business tycoon of Nepal was released by his captors.”
Strongly refuting the Nepal police’s insinuation, the LJP leader said that his real name was Zakir Anwar Bairag not Zakir Miyan or Zakir Hussain Khan. He further said that the matter of his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Nepalese business tycoon had cropped up during 2009 Lok Sabha elections too. He had contested the Lok Sabha poll from Araria as LJP nominee albeit unsuccessfully. “I had clarified my position then too before the then DM-cum-returning officer,” the MLA said adding, “it was all politically motivated or a technical glitch on the part of Nepal police.”