Senior BJP leader Visheshwar Ojha shot in Bihar, party threatens protests

In a shocking incident, BJP state vice-president Visheshwar Ojha was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Ara district in Bihar.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: February 13, 2016 4:39 am
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BJP’s Bihar vice-president and prominent Bhojpur leader Visheshwar Ojha, 53, was shot dead at 6.30 pm Friday at Sonbarsha village in Ara. Ojha had just entered his car after meeting a relative at a marketplace when the assailants,
who had their faces covered, fired at him.

Police said “more than a dozen bullets from sophisticated weapons” were fired at Ojha. He died on his way to the hospital.

Ojha had unsuccessfully contested the 2015 Bihar assembly polls against RJD nominee and former MP Shivanand Tiwari’s son Rahul Tiwari from Shahpur constituency.

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Calling it a “political killing”, the BJP threatened to launch statewide protests if Ojha’s killers were not arrested within 72 hours. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan claimed “jungle raj had returned to Bihar”, while former BJP opposition leader in the assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said “political killings had increased under the Grand Alliance government”.

Incidentally, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wrapped up a two-day meeting to review law and order in the state on Friday.

Bihar additional director general of police (headquarters) Sunil Kumar said, “Though we are looking at all possible angles, it might be a case of personal rivalry.” Police sources said Ojha was locked in a land dispute with a “local, influential” person.

Sources also said Ojha had a known rivalry with one Shivajit Mishra, who reportedly campaigned for the RJD. Those who knew him said Ojha used to have an image of a “muscleman” and had faced more than a dozen criminal cases. But they added that this was more than a decade ago, and he had been acquitted in most cases. He now aspired to become a legislator and was given a BJP ticket in place of siting MLA Munni Devi.

“Now can (RJD chief) Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar tell us if jungle raj has returned to Bihar? Have we not come to the Bihar of 1990?” Paswan said.

BJP state president Mangal Pandey said, “Nitish should stop the drama of crime review through video conferencing. Nothing has changed on the ground. We are giving a 72-hour ultimatum to the government: arrest the culprits or face a statewide movement.” HAM(S) spokesperson Danish Rizwan alleged that the “government has been targeting political rivals”.

Earlier in the day, another BJP leader identified as Kedar Singh was killed in Chhapra district. Police have arrested two people in connection with the case. Earlier this month, LJP leader Brijnathi Singh was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Patna.

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First Published on: February 13, 2016 3:00 am
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    Sirius
    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm
    Mr. Nitish : You aspire to be PM in 2019. If this goal is realized, Will the current status of Law and Order of Bihar be extended to the entire nation ? "Bihar mein Bahaar ho, Phir se Nitish Kumar ho ..." !!!
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      Chopra TP
      Feb 12, 2016 at 5:19 pm
      Bihar's govt has started political killings now and Nitish has become a tyrant. Death to Tyrant.
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        Chanakya.scoundrels.at.it.again
        Feb 12, 2016 at 11:25 pm
        Precision intelligence gathered finds that it was ruthless brahmin murderers who killed and made it look like somebody else. Aim: To discredit Nitish govt. Brahmin Chanakyas are following state craft taught by scoundrel bugger Chanakya.
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          David
          Feb 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm
          The Award Vapsi gang, Rahul, Sonia, Kejriwal, and Nitish must be rejoicing, now that Jungle Raj and Jihadi Raj has been returned to Bihar.
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            The.pleasure.for.them.in.killing.humans
            Feb 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm
            Brahmins are unimaginably resourceful criminal minded species, that they will even kill one of their friends if that help to project a human(exception Israelites) in a poorer light. Has anybody seen the pleasure they get when doing so.
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              Babu
              Feb 13, 2016 at 9:00 am
              Good job bihar eradicate all british agents
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                Babu
                Feb 13, 2016 at 1:01 am
                Good job bihar eradicate all chaddis parasites
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                  IML sood
                  Feb 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm
                  Where is Kujli who was embracing Lalu, his bosom friend? Will he react now or support such lawlessness,may not condem because spreading lawlessness is the aim of Aaptards by bringing illogical ideas for implementation and creating unrest by way of confrontation at every step.Fear is that Bihar politics may be broughtto Delhi also by this dharna party.
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                    Orator
                    Feb 12, 2016 at 11:22 pm
                    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
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                      Kanu Patel
                      Feb 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                      NITISHKUMAR has lost the control after joining hands with LALU. Now NITISHKUMAR is a body without soul.
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                        Mush Tractor
                        Feb 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm
                        Hey. This is intolerance. Modi and Brahmins must be blamed. What do you say? Parliament should be stalled. Rahul and Kejriwal should attend the funeral and go on dharna
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                          US NRI
                          Feb 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm
                          Give him another term to fix law and order. No one talks about cops being killed in broad daylight in bihar.
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                            Varun Chaitwal
                            Feb 12, 2016 at 11:12 pm
                            Lalu is a cancer
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                              Vikas yadav
                              Feb 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                              I candem the killing but Indian express must reveal the background of Mr...Ojha...how many loot and murder he was involved...
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                                sa
                                Feb 13, 2016 at 10:54 am
                                british? ha ha ha... I thought ghndy family was so... so only Indians are commies and muslims (they have the first right to resources) and 'poor' xians? Hindus? only good Hindu is a dead Hindu or a converted hindu...
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                                  ammu
                                  Feb 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                                  swatch bharat need this
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                                    Andy
                                    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm
                                    Sad
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                                      Rajesh
                                      Feb 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                                      This you can expect from secular jokers like JDU, Congress and RJD. In 3 days three prominent leaders dead. Hopefully just for the sake of tolerance rest secular jokers like AAP, CPI will keep quit. The way hi jee started "Quit India Movement" for English, so should we start for these secular jokers to leave India.
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                                        arc
                                        Feb 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                                        This man was a criminal himself. Poetic justice.
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                                          arc
                                          Feb 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                                          Achhe din everywhere except stock market, Bihar, am, Arunachal, odisha, UP, Kashmir, Bengal, and Delhi. Oops, bad din for Delhi. Oops, achhe din in Delhi ... How can chief thulla Bi's Delhi have bad din.
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                                            Kaliyug
                                            Feb 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                                            Laloo and Nithish have brought the Jungle Raj to Bihar, this is the outcome of fools who breed irresponsibly and are allowed to vote. Unless India makes it mandatory for people who have less than two children and a college degree from a well recognized university are the only ones who can vote, otherwise the SC/ST and all the subsects will vote democracy out of India with their poor choices.
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