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Nawada: Devendra Choudhary, former SHO of Town police station, Nawada, who was evading arrest  for over five  years after the alleged killing of a crime suspect in police lock up, was forwarded to Nawada jail by CJM, Nawada, Habibullah on November 10.

The Nawada town police’s effort  to ferry its former SHO to jail in a police vehicle instead of the prisoners’ van, was aborted when many undertrials objected to this special provision. Finally, the SHO was taken to jail in the prisoners’ van along with other undertrials.

Devendra Choudhary, in a CID enquiry, was found guilty of murder of Manoj Yadav, who was picked up as a suspect and detained in Town police lock up following the murder of Sanjay Burnwal, a local jeweller on January, 2011. Four days later his dead body was found in a field, half-a-kilometre away from the police station. An FIR was lodged by Dayand Yadav, father of Manoj, against the then Nawada SDPO Sanjay Kumar, Town police SHO Devendra Choudhary, and three other policemen accusing the cops of murdering Manoj and throwing his body elsewhere. All other police persons were given a clean chit by the CID.

Even the Patna High Court had rejected the bail petition of Devendra Choudhry. Later, an arrest warrant was issued against him by a Nawada court but Devendra evaded arrest. Then the court issued a ‘kurki-japti order (seizure-of-property) against him. Finally, Devendra surrendered before the CJM’s court, but was instead, forwarded to judicial custody.

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