On Saturday, a police team reached Bheem Army national president Vinay Ratan’s house in Fatehpur village of Saharanpur. They chatted with his mother and “brother Sachin” while pasting a court order on the wall that declared Ratan an absconder, after which they went back to their station.
A few hours later, the team returned. A video of their interaction had surfaced and someone had pointed out the gaffe — they had been chatting with the man named in the poster all along. Local police said they hadn’t recognised Ratan. The Saharanpur SSP on Monday ordered an inquiry into the episode.
Vinay Ratan, 35, was wanted in a case of violence and arson in connection with the caste clash in the district in May 2017. Police had also announced a Rs 12,000-reward on his head. Ratan surrendered before a local court on Monday, but the inquiry ordered by the SSP would continue to probe the video.
The SHO said. “A few hours after the team returned, we came to know through media and locals that the man was, in fact, Vinay Ratan. A police team rushed to arrest him, but he had already left by then.”
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