Concerned over the delay in CBI taking over the probe into Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan’s murder case, his wife, Asha Ranjan, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. During the meeting, she expressed apprehension over tampering of evidence because of delay in CBI’s response.
“Since nobody was listening to us in Bihar, I met Rajnath Singh on Wednesday. He assured me that the matter will be forwarded to the competent authority. There has been no word yet on when CBI will take over the murder case. For the last four months, we have been getting only assurances from several quarters,” said Asha Ranjan.
Rajdev Ranjan (46), Siwan bureau chief of the Hindustan, was shot dead in May.
Asha Ranjan said her family was living under the shadow of fear in Siwan and she had been forced to keep her son out of the town to let him pursue his Class XI education. Asha, who works as a primary school teacher, lives with her eight-year-old daughter in Siwan.
“Delay only means that evidence will be tampered with. Though police have filed a chargesheet in the case against the main accused, Laddan Mian, and others, there is no clue about the main conspirator being named,” said Asha Ranjan.
Police have not named incarcerated former MP Mohammed Shahabuddin in the case for lack of any corroborative evidence. Laddan Mian, however, has been identified as a key associate of the former MP, who will walk out on bail soon.
“We have all the more reason to fear because the man (Shahabuddin) will walk out of jail,” said Asha Ranjan.