Ranjan, the Siwan town bureau chief for a Hindi daily Hindustan was shot dead in July 2016 at Phal Mandi near the town station. Two bullets had pierced through Ranjan- one on the forehead and the other on the neck.
In jail since 2005, barred from contesting polls, the RJD strongman was seen as having lost his influence; now frequent visitors and ‘durbars’ inside, series of murders outside throw the spotlight back on him.
Alleging political patronage, she also pointed out that Singh enjoyed clout in Siwan. Singh was named as one of the conspirators in last year’s killing of Srikant Bharati, the press advisor of BJP Siwan MP Om Prakash Yadav.