Pappu Yadav goes "underground", attempts to arrest

Patna: With reports of former MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav going "underground", Bihar police have mounted efforts to arrest the fugitive leader, facing life-term in the CPI-M MLA Ajit Sarkar murder case.

Purnia Superintendent of Police N H Khan said that he had written to his counterparts across the state to nab Pappu Yadav wherever he was located and intimate him.

"I have also approached the CBI and other central agencies to inform his (Pappu's) whereabouts," he said, adding police had taken note of reports suggesting Pappu Yadav "possibly hiding in Nepal."

Khan said Pappu Yadav went underground after the designated CBI court here issued non-bailable warrant of arrest against him in May,2010 following rejection of his bail by the apex court.

"We have to execute the warrant and for that purpose we have made the exercise," he said.

Khan said he had also constituted a special police team that had conducted raids at different places in Araria, Purnia, Khagaria, Supaul and Saharsa districts to arrest the absconding convict "but Pappu remains traceless."

The CBI court had in 2008 convicted Pappu Yadav and awarded life-term to him in the murder of Ajit Sarkar, CPI-M MLA, in Purnia in 1998.