PATNA: Angad Rai, a wanted sharpshooter by the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur, surrendered at an anti-liquor border checkpost with two beer cans and two bottles of whiskey in Bihar’s Kaimur district on Tuesday. Rai was subsequently arrested under Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act and sent to jail after being produced before a judge on Wednesday. The police in Kaimur were unaware of Rai’s criminal past and believed him to be an ordinary citizen who had violated the prohibition law. However, a few phone calls later, they discovered that Rai was a dreaded sharpshooter and close aide of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who is currently lodged in UP’s Banda jail.
Rai had allegedly threatened to kill a murder witness who was due to testify in a pending case, and has more than 21 cases of murder, murder attempt, extortion, dacoity, and loot registered against him. There was also a ₹25,000 reward for his arrest. The Kaimur police officer, who wished to remain anonymous, speculated that Rai may have deliberately gotten himself arrested in Bihar to avoid being killed in an encounter in UP.
The Ghazipur superintendent of police, Omvir Singh, was informed about Rai’s arrest by the Bihar police on Thursday, and a legal team is preparing to seek his remand from a Bihar court and bring him to UP. The incident underscores the need for increased coordination between states and their law enforcement agencies to curb criminal activities across state borders.