In Bihar Journalist Murder, Police See Former RJD MP Shahabuddin Link
SIVAN( Bihar): The man allegedly behind the murder of a journalist in Bihar’s Siwan district was arrested today, along with three others, albeit in a different case.
Police said Upendra Singh and three others were arrested for possession of liquor, which is now illegal under the state’s new prohibition policy. Sources said the plan is to take them on remand and probe their role in the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan, the bureau chief of the Hindi daily Hindustan, who was gunned down on Friday.
The arrests came after the opposition NDA targeted the government over the lack of arrest 48 hours after the murder, asking if it was was because of Upendra Singh’s links with notorious gangster and former RJD lawmaker Mohd Shahabuddin.
Singh was allegedly a facilitator for Shahabuddin’s sharpshooters between 1990 and 2005 — when a number of murders and kidnappings were allegedly committed on his orders.
The former lawmaker — who is serving a prison term at Bihar’s Siwan jail for multiple murders and abductions — was named a member of the RJD’s national executive, its main decision-making body, in April.
Rajdeo Ranjan was shot dead at point-blank range.The BJP claims Bihar’s Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad government has resurrected Shahabuddin. “This is not a normal law and order issue. Siwan has a history. A strongman used to be the MP here. Is that raj coming back?” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Chirag Paswan, leader of BJP ally LJP and son of party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, said. “The way journalists were killed and Sahabuddin was found involved, it clearly reflects that he is getting protection from Lalu-ji”.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “We are all unhappy with the incidents in Bihar in the last few days… but whoever is guilty will be punished, we will not sit idle.”
Mr Ranjan’s wife Asha has confirmed that he had received threats. “He did not tell me the complete thing. We Just want to ask the government to give this case to CBI and they should secure my children’s and my life,” she added.
The police say they have not been able to get CCTV footage from a camera installed outside a chemist shop where the murder took place. They suspect that the footage has been sabotaged. But Saurabh Sah, the senior-most police officer in Siwan, said investigations were on. “We are doing what we should be doing. We will definitely solve this case,” he added.
There has also been no forward movement in investigations in the killing of a television journalist in Jharkhand’s Chatra district. Akhilesh Pratap Singh was shot dead three days ag