Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav today sought to give a political colour to the murder of two engineers in Darbhanga as he accused senior JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha, a close aide of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, of fostering the gangster believed to be behind the crime.
Yadav, who was expelled from RJD, a major constituent of the alliance government in the state, told newsmen that gangster Santosh Jha enjoyed patronage of Sanjay and had helped him in Lok Sabha polls in Darbhanga last year.
The Madhepura MP demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder, which has triggered criticism of the Nitish Kumar government, to “bring out the truth as to why the state government was being soft on Santosh Jha.”
Santosh is currently lodged in jail. To buttress his point, Yadav pointed to a footage shown on some TV channels of Sanjay Jha with Munni Devi, sister of Santosh Jha and chief of Baheri panchayat.
Sanjay, a former JD(U) MLC, had unsuccessfully contested Parliamentary election from Darbhanga in 2014.
He reacted angrily to the charges made against him by Yadav and denied any link with the gangster and his family.
“I am prepared for any probe, including that by CBI in this connection. Munni Devi and his brother-in-law Sanjay Laldeo, with whom I am shown, had actually come to me as part of a delegation with a demand to provide EBC status to their Deohar caste instead of OBC status.
“I took up their cause with the CM, who seeing all aspects provided EBC status to Deohar caste in 2009,” Sanjay said over phone.
Denying proximity either with the gangster or his sister, Sanjay said the same Munni Devi and Sanjay Laldeo had shared dias with former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi when he had gone to address a rally of his Hindustani Awam Morcha in Darbhanga in April this year after climbing down from the CM’s chair.
Launching a scathing attack against Yadav, he said, “There shall be no low standard politics over a painful issue of murder … Moreover such allegations coming from a man regarded as symbol of fear does not sound nice.”
Brajesh Kumar and Mukesh Kumar, engineers of a construction company, were gunned in daylight on December 26 and four assailants, believed to be the culprits and belonging to Santosh Jha gang, are yet to be caught by police.
Close on the heels of the Darbhanga murder, another engineer was found dead with injury marks on his body in Vaishali district on Monday.