Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Five arrested for Bihar journalist’s murder, police say one has confessed

Bihar police arrested five people in connection with the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, claiming a major breakthrough in the case on Wednesday. Among the five, police identified one Rohit Kumar as the main culprit who the additional director general of police (ADG), headquarters, said confessed to the crime. Ranjan was shot down on May 13 near the Siwan railway station. The 42-year-old was the bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, a sister concern of Hindustan Times.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has been facing acute criticism over the slide in law and order in the state, with political rivals claiming this was a return of the 90s ‘jungle raj’ lawlessness. The issue has also caused public fissures in the grand alliance, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal taking Kumar to task over Mohammad Shahabuddin as well.

Police also arrested Vijay Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Vishnu Kumar and Sonu Kumar Gupta. All five, incidentally, are in the 20-25 age group. None of them have any history of crime, police said. “The arrests were made from different parts of Siwan on Wednesday morning and a country-made pistol of 7.65 mm bore and two live cartridges were recovered from the arrested youths,” ADG Sunil Kumar said. The recovered pistol matched the bullets recovered from the crime scene, he added. Three motorcycles were also recovered from their possession and will be sent for forensic tests... read more: