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Bihar journalist death: BJP demands CBI inquiry

BJP would organise a sit-in at Siwan tomorrow to protest against the journalist's murder, said Modi, who was Deputy Chief Minister during NDA rule in the state.

By: PTI | Siwan | Published: May 14, 2016 9:46 pm
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The BJP on Saturday 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, its 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 told PTI.

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Modi along with leader of opposition in Legislative Assembly Prem Kumar and state BJP chief Mangal Pandey 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.

Modi, leader of opposition in the Legislative Council, said the family of the victim also sought CBI investigation into the murder case.

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 “black listed” 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.

BJP would organise a sit-in at Siwan tomorrow to protest against the journalist’s murder, said Modi, who was Deputy Chief Minister during NDA rule in the state.

Also read | Journalist Rajdev Ranjan shot dead in Bihar

Elsewhere in the state, BJP workers would burn effigy of the state government to protest deterioration in law and order situation in Bihar, he added.

Meanwhile, BJP’s ally Hindutani Awam Morcha and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) also used the journalist’s murder to attack Nitish Kumar government.

The murder of the journalist proved that “its not a ‘jungle raj’ but ‘maha jungle raj’ (great jungle raj) prevailing in Bihar,” Former Chief Minister and HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi said in Patna.

“Power has gone into their (criminals’) head under the present dispensation,” alleged Arun Kumar, state chief of RLSP, the party of Union minister of state Upendra Kushwaha.

Leaders of the ruling grand secular alliance, however, defended the state government.

Tej Pratap Yadav, Health minister and son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, alleged that BJP was hitting at the state government “out of contempt.”

He said the state government was initiating prompt action after any incident of crime.

Senior JD(U) leader and Deputy leader in the Legislative Assembly Shyam Rajak condemned killing of scribe in Siwan but attacked BJP for “trying to derive political mileage out of it.”


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    Am A
    May 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm
    Why CBI enquiry for just one state... just b'coz it is a non-BJP state? In face there have more journalist killing and hounding in states like Chattisgard and MP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Each state have their own reasons to hide the reasons behind such crimes. Even CBI is under central control, and only would lead to biased investigations and witch-hunting.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Only a SC-monitored probe is the saving grace!
    1. A
      May 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm
      It disgust me just to think of the fact how the murder and corruption are used as political tools to target opposition by this government.When they will learn the fact those who died are actual people,they have families,relatives friends.
      1. H
        May 15, 2016 at 8:48 am
        Bihar is not safe place for any journalist where criminals are ruling this state. Shahbuddin is anti-national who should be hanged for this murder as reported in medias. The bail of Laloo should be immediately cancelled by SC for which Central govt should order CBI to move SC for cancellation of Laloo's bail who is behind all murders of innocent people in state. This action is urgently needed to save precious life of people. Only then the murders can be curbed in Bihar.