Suspended Commandant remanded to two days police custody

Aizawl, May 9 (PTI) Col Jasjit Singh, the suspended Commandant of the 39th battalion of the Assam Rifles and one of the main accused the in highway robbery of gold allegedly committed by Assam Rifles personnel, was today remanded to police custody for two days by a local court.

Police today sought five days custody of Singh at the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court, while Singh's counsel pleaded for a day's remand and the court granted two days police remand.

Singh was arrested on May 5 in the Aizawl district court premises by the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to investigate the alleged dacoity of smuggled gold bars on December 14 last year.

He was remanded to three days police custody by the CJM's court on May 6 and was being grilled by the investigators.

An FIR submitted at Kulikawn Police Station in Aizawl on April 21 by C Lalnunfela alleged that he was waylaid by a group of Assam Rifles personnel armed with sophisticated weapons on southern outskirts of Aizawl and the armed group decamped with 52 gold bars worth around Rs 14.5 crore concealed in the gear box of his SUV.

Five person, including a former student leader and a prominent businessman, were arrested in this connection after which eight Assam Rifles personnel, accused of participating in the dacoity, were also arrested.
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