Murdered journalist Rajdev Ranjan’s wife on Saturday said common man in Siwan will have reason to fear again after former RJD Siwan MP Mohammed Shahabuddin was released on bail. The prime accused in the murder case of Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan, Laddan Mian is said to have close links with RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin. The widow who is a contract teacher at Hakkamgaon primary school said that she has met the Home Minister and has requested to grant special protection for her and her family.
Rajdev Ranjan, 46, Siwan bureau chief with Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead on May 13 while returning home from office. Ranjan had covered crime and court reports relating to the jailed former MP Shahabuddin. Though the five accused nabbed earlier have reportedly confessed that they shot Ranjan on Mian’s instructions, Siwan police have not yet been able to establish Shahabuddin’s links with the murder. The police have not ruled out Shahabuddin’s direct or indirect involvement in the journalist’s murder.
Shahabuddin was released after 11 years from Bhagalpur jail on Saturday morning after the Patna High Court granted him bail in the Rajiv Raushan murder case. Rajiv was the prime witness in the case of brutal murder of his two brothers in Shahabuddin’s native village in Siwan district on August 16, 2004.
Shahabuddin, 49, whose crime record goes back to 1986 when he was a teenager, entered politics in 1990 as Lalu Prasad sought to tap young Muslim leaders to build an M-Y combination. MLA in 1990 and 1995, MP four times between 1996 and 2004, he won on RJD and Janata Dal tickets until he was barred from contesting polls following his conviction in 2007 in a murder case.
(With input from agencies)