BJP demands CBI probe into Siwan scribe murder

New Delhi: BJP leaders on Saturday attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the law and order situation in the state following the murder of a scribe and that of a teenager in Gaya and said that “maha jungle raj” has returned with the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) coming to power.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

The BJP also demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of a journalist in Siwan and hinted about the alleged involvement of a jailed RJD strongman in the murder. “The needle of suspicion points to a jailed ‘bahubali’ (muscleman) in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. Since such a high profile person is suspected, it’s a known fact that Bihar police would not be able to do justice to the case. Hence, the matter should be handed over to the CBI,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said. Modi visited the family of Ranjan, the district bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, who was shot dead at Station Road under Town police station last night.

The senior BJP leader claimed that recently the Superintendent of Police of Siwan furnished a list of 23 people to the state police headquarters who were “blacklisted” by jailed RJD strongman and former MP, Mohammad Shahbuddin, and Rajdeo Ranjan’s name figured in the list. “The pattern of murder of the journalist was similar to the recent killings of BJP workers of Siwan, Srikant Bharti and Rajesh Roshan, at the behest of Mohammad Shahbuddin,” he said.

Yesterday, in Jharkhand, another journalist with a news channel, Akhilesh Pratap Singh (35), was gunned down by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district, the police said.

In yet another incident, one Railway Protection Force jawan was shot dead and another was seriously injured after being attacked by about six unknown assailants on Friday night.

4 detained in Bihar
Four suspects have been detained in connection with the killing of a senior journalist of Hindi daily, Hindustan in Bihar’s Siwan district, the police said on Saturday. Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan bureau chief of the Hindi newspaper, was shot dead. “A manhunt has been launched to arrest the killers,” an officer said. The Bihar Police headquarters sent a Special Task Force (STF) and the Special Operations Group to Siwan late Friday night.

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