Main accused in monkey stealing case escapes from custody
Kolkata: The main accused in the sensational
theft of rare Brazilian monkeys from a zoo here escaped from
police custody on Monday while he was being brought in a train
from Chhattisgarh, where he was arrested on Saturday.
Rajesh Saikia alias Raj, who was being brought to
Kolkata on the Ahmedabad Express on transit remand, was found
"missing" when the train stopped at Jharsuguda station in
Orissa, a top police official said.
According Kolkata police sources, two police officers
along with two officials of Alipore zoo, from where the
marmosets were stolen last month, were escorting Saikia.
"Immediately an FIR was lodged and a massive manhunt
started," said the official.
However, no one has been arrested so far.
Chhattisgarh police had arrested Saikia last week from
Durg district and rescued seven of the eight monkeys stolen
from the zoo. One of the monkeys had died.
Police had said they were investigating whether he had
links with any international gang involved in smuggling of
Acting on information provided by him, Sujoy Das
alias Bubai Bangali was arrested from Dum Dum in North
Meanwhile, the monkeys reached the zoo safely this
afternoon. They were ferried on the same train.
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