Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state general secretary Raghuvar Rai was killed by unidentified assailants at Kalyanpur in Bihar’s Samastipur on Thursday morning. The incident took place at around 7 am when Rai, 60, was out on a morning walk at Janardhanpur, under Kalyanpur police station.
Police said three or four assailants were involved; one of them shot Rai from close range. All of them fled before villagers could reach the spot. Rai was taken to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Samastipur Superintendent of Police Harpreet Kaur confirmed the incident and said the police was looking for the assailants. The motive of the murder is yet to be established.
RJD supporters and villagers staged a protest and blocked traffic between Darbhanga and Samastipur following the incident, demanding immediate arrest of the assailants. Taking to Twitter, party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav launched an indirect attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying, “He feels no shame, keeps saying there is rule of law. People are being killed like insects in Bihar and he goes on playing the same record”.
RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav took on the Nitish Kumar government for “law and order chaos” in the state. He said, “The state government must stop patronisation of criminals. The CM, who is also Home Minister, is not justifying his position as RJD as RLSP leaders are being killed. I wonder why the CM has been silent.”
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha also came out with a tweet alleging that the state government had become “deaf, dumb and mute” and also used the Bihari slang “thethar” (callous) for the regime while expressing concern over the state of affairs.
Rai, who has served as Samastipur district councillor in the past, had not been very active in state politics and had been living mostly in Samastipur.