Cops raid Pataudi~~s house, return empty handed

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jhajjar (Haryana):Intensifying the search for former Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and his accomplices in the black buck poaching case, the Haryana police raided their residences in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh but drew a blank.

Soon after the deadline set by the Haryana police to Pataudi and his accomplices to present themselves before it expired, separate teams of the state police raided houses of the former cricketer and co-accused Madan Singh and Sashi Singh in Vasant Vihar locality in New Delhi, his other house in Pataudi village of Haryana.

The raids on Khan's house at Vasant Vihar lasted for about half an hour while the search in Sashi Singh's residence was conducted for 20 minutes.

Haryana police inspector Swatantra Kumar said a servant in Pataudi's house at Vasant Vihar expressed ignorance about the whereabouts of the former cricketer.

The police also carried out a search at the Aurangpur village residence of Madan Singh in Jhajjar district, police chief Hanief Qureshi said.

He said raids were conducted in Pataudi's house in Aligarh but no arrest has been made after the raids.

Police sources said a team of Haryana policemen would be sent to Mumbai to look for Pataudi.

Earlier, after the deadline for appearance of Pataudi and his six other accomplices lapsed, police constituted three teams for arresting the alleged accused in the poaching case. Haryana Police had fixed June 10 as the deadline for the accused, including Pataudi to surrender.

Sources said Pataudi was expected to move an environment court at Faridabad for anticipatory bail.

"Pataudi was to move the court in Jhajjar yesterday for anticipatory bail. However, after dismissal of anticipatory bail plea of Shashi Singh, the former cricketer decided otherwise," one of his counsels said in Jhajjar.

He said Singh was also expected to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking anticipatory bail within a couple of days.

Madan Singh of Aurangpur village in this district was in judicial custody till June 13. He had told police that Pataudi had fired at the black buck.

Pataudi and his accomplices have been charged under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and if found guilty could face a jail term of seven years and a fine of Rs 25,000.

An FIR was registered against the accused and the Haryana police had seized the Maruti Gypsy in which the carcasses of a black buck and two rabbits, a rifle, a gun and some live cartridges were allegedly found near a wildlife sanctuary in Jhajjar.

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