Fear will return to Siwan after Shahabuddin’s release, says slain journalist Rajdev Ranjan’s widow

Asha Ranjan says she has spoken to the Home ministry for special protection for her family after Shahabuddin was released from jail on bail.

By: Express News Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2016 8:25 pm
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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.

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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.

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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)

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    Sep 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm
    Abdul Miyan I am fanatic and shahbuddin Owaisi and Bukhari are all clean and gentlemen? Why did shahbuddin go to jail and spend 11 years in jail? For being a good man? You are another Sunni and I hope you all change and follow the path of Prophet but not Saudi sponsored Wahabbi terrorism. Why is that all terrorists are Sunni Muslims? Why is that all terrorist countries are Sunni Islamic countries? Let's accept the facts let's handle the truth and let's change. Let's live and let live.
  2. A
    Sep 10, 2016 at 8:54 pm
    How can we give bail rather than not hanging these Sunni Muslim goons! Biggest criminals in India are Sunni Muslims. All terrorists are Sunni Muslims. All top smugglers are Sunni Muslims. The biggest goons in politics are Owaisi Bukhara shahbuddin all Sunni Muslims. The biggest Bollywood criminals SRK and Aamir are Sunni Muslims.Why are Shia not criminals? Azeemji Premji is Shia and a good man. It's because Sunni believe in monolithic Wahabbi Islam and Shia believes in live and let live.
  3. A
    Sep 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm
    Comments like above came from a fanatic man , People who reads afraid and not known what does he meant. 11 years he was in prison and now the widow approached law enforcement team for her same and she is afraid of her future. Its a good turn to ensure she is safe.
  4. A
    Sep 10, 2016 at 9:29 pm
    Bihar is a Goonda Raj province. The Goonda will re-establish himself whatever may come.
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    Dev Verma
    Sep 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm
    Bihari and UP is curse on india and at judiciary as a w.
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    Dev Verma
    Sep 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    Corrupt judges,corrupt political system and political failure state of bihar is only because of people like lalu if he is dead bihari will be the best state in india.
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    Dev Verma
    Sep 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    I am pretty sure nitish will die soon to elect lalu's son as future CM this is akaashvani hei.
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    Dev Verma
    Sep 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm
    This is a law of India cam bend the way you want if you have money muscles.
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