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Three detained for murder of Bihar journalist Rajdev Ranjan

Rajdev Rajan, Hindi daily Hindustan’s Siwan bureau chief, was shot dead in the Bihar town on Friday evening.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2016 4:36 pm
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Three people were detained in Siwan district Saturday following the murder of senior journalist Rajdev Rajan, SP Saurabh Kumar told news agency PTI. The interrogation is underway, he added.

The three, who were detained last night, have a criminal background and are being interrogated about the killing of Rajdeo Ranjan, the SP said.

Rajan, Hindi daily Hindustan’s Siwan bureau chief, was shot dead in the Bihar town on Friday evening.

Police said the incident took place around 8 pm when the 42-year-old was shot dead at Phal Mandi near Siwan station, barely half a km away from Town police station. Two bullets hit Ranjan— one on his forehead and the other, his neck.

Read: Journalist Rajdev Ranjan shot dead in Bihar

Ranjan had left his Siwan office Friday evening after receiving a call. One of his colleagues said: “He left office saying he had urgent work. It was unusual for him to leave the office at peak hour.”

Sources said Ranjan was intercepted by two bike-borne assailants, one of whom fired from close range. He died on the way to hospital.

Ranjan, a postgraduate who also held a law degree, started his journalistic career with Hindustan nearly 16 years ago as a stringer from Siwan. He had covered Siwan politics and crime extensively and had penned several reports on court proceedings against former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin.

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    Bijan Mohanty
    May 14, 2016 at 8:32 am
    Nitish should rein in the criminal elements in his Govt. Of course, this is not to say the other parties are anyway better.
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      Bijan Mohanty
      May 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm
      Who told you that all criminals and thieves are secular? Modiji is not secular.
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        Kaliyug
        May 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm
        Bihar remains backwards only because of poor judiciary, criminals being able to become politicians, policemen chosen by criminals, for criminals and to the criminals. There has yet to be any credible big time effort to stop crime in Bihar. The people who speak about or out about the crime and criminals are eliminated, while the judiciary is quiet and unable to function in this STate. This also means that the Judiciary is part of the problem.
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        1. Deepak Singh
          May 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm
          RSS/BJP Chaddis talking about Jungle Raj are hypocrites who are ignoring a journalists murder in BJP-ruled Jharkhand yesteday. Also the Jat riots in Haryana which cost 20000 crores . In haryana the state machinery aka BJP just stood by while there was real Jungle Raj.
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            Siva
            May 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm
            If Nitish has to rein in the criminals, then he should start with his coalition partner Lalu. Then it is the end of his CM post. One thing is for sure. All criminals and thieves are seculars. Secularism is a good mask to them.
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