Court extends police custody of suspended AR Commandant

Aizawl, May 11 (PTI) An Aizawl court today extended the police custody of suspended Assam Rifles Commandant Colonel Jasjit Singh, accused of decamping with smuggled gold, for another two days.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate's court extended the police remand for Singh.

Singh had been arrested on Thursday last in the Aizawl court premises after the District and Sessions Judge Lucy Lalrinthari rejected his bail plea.

All the other accused, including the eight Assam Rifles personnel, and four civilians (two of them employees of Mithipi) were also remanded to judicial custody by the CJM's court.

According to the prosecution, the Assam Rifles personnel, including Commander of the group Naik Subedar K. C. Roy, told the investigators that they concealed the gold bars at the quarters of Roy on December 14 night and then handed them over to Singh at his official residence in Tuikhuahtlang locality of Aizawl on the morning of December 15.

They also said that the Commandant praised them for the successful mission and awarded them with money ranging from Rs 70,000 to Rs one lakh with warnings to keep their mouths shut, the prosecution said.

Meanwhile, Mizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirliana today addressed a press conference about the incident which was also attended by DGP Lalthianghlima Pachuau and other top police officials including some of the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to investigate the sensational dacoity incident.
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