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Bihar: Journalist killed by unknown shooters in Sasaram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a chilling reminder of Siwan murder, a journalist working for a Hindi daily was killed by unknown assailants in Sasram in Rohtas district in Bihar, As per The Hindustan Times,​ Dharmendra Singh, a reporter with Hindi daily was shot dead by three the bike-borne assailants in near Amra Lake in the Mufassil police station area. Singh was at a tea stall close to his house in the early morning when he bullets fired by the killers struck his chest. Singh was taken to a Sadar Hospital Sasaram near by locals. He received primary treatment in the hospital was referred to another hospital in Varanasi. The shooters are still at large. The police are conducting a probe and carrying out raids to catch the assailants.In May 2016, Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district chief of Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’, was fired at in Siwan district in Bihar when he was going on his motorcycle on Station Road under Town police station at around 7:45 pm.

CBI starts manhunt for second suspect in Siwan journalist’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI teams launched an operation to look for Mohammed Javed on Friday, another suspect in the murder of Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan on May 13 this year.Prime suspect Mohammed Kaif is in judicial custody after he surrendered in a Siwan court on September 21. The agency which started probe last week has set up a camp office in Siwan where relatives of Javed were called to locate the alleged sharp shooter, agency sources said. They said the teams have also gone to the residence of Javed and were looking for him at a number of other locations. The sources said here that a special team of forensic experts from CFSL will soon be reaching Siwan to further the probe.It has been four months since the murder and they will use the expertise of CFSL to recreate crime scene and pick up minute pieces of information and evidence as well as analyse the evidence collected by the local police. The sources said the team is about to leave for Siwan very soon and will have some of the best hands to ensure that the case is solved as quickly as possible. CBI had registered a case in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan on September 15 against unknown assailants.The sources said that former RJD MP Shahbuddin who was released recently on bail was under the scanner of Bihar Police which was probing the case till recently. The case again came into limelight as a photograph appeared of absconding suspects Kaif and Javed with Shahbuddin after his release from Bhagalpur jail on September 7 on bail granted by Patna High Court. They said it is suspected that the killing was the handiwork of some influential persons.After the Bihar government recommended a CBI probe, the agency took over the investigation in the murder case which has been registered under the IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, murder and arms act. According to the rules, CBI takes over same FIR which has been registered by the state police. However, the sources said, the investigation of the agency are completely free and it may arrive at any conclusion which may or may not be in concurrence with the state police.

Siwan journalist murder case: Key accused Laddan Miyan surrenders

Laddan Miyan, the key accused in the Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case and close aide of former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, before the chief judicial magistrate in Siwan district court on Thursday. Reports suggest that police will soon start interrogating him to ascertain the motive behind the murder. He also claimed that he has no connection with the journalist and has been wrongly framed. The court sent Laddan to 14-day judicial custody.

The Bihar police had arrested five shooters involved in the murder of the journalist on 25 May.

Ranjan, Siwan bureau chief of Hindi newspaper Hindustan, which is part of HT Media, was shot dead at a busy market near Station Road on 14 May.

The police also recovered arms and motorcycles used by shooters and they believe that it was pre-planned.

The police had also raided Bihar’s Siwan jail and searched Shahabuddin’s cell after the BJP alleged the role of jailed former RJD MP in the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan.

Shahabuddin, a criminal-turned-politician, locally known as Bahubali, has been lodged in Siwan jail for over a decade. He was shifted twice to Bhagalpur and Gaya jail for brief periods.

Bihar Director General of Police PK Thakur had also said that police have identified the shooters involved in the killing of the journalist.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that if the grieving family insists, then he will recommend a CBI probe.

He told the media: “The killing of the journalist is an attack on me. We have not left any stone unturned. The investigation is being carried out with highest diligence. Those who committed this crime (will get the strictest punishment).”

Journalists across  the country termed the murder an “attack on the freedom of expression.” Journalists also urged the central and state governments to enact a law to protect them and ensure “adequate compensation” in case of their death or any untoward incident while on duty.

The Lalu-Rabri era is termed as the jungle raj in Bihar. Under the Nitish Kumar government, is it return of the jungle raj?

Firstpost‘s Sandipan Sharma previously wrote that though its not jungle raj yet, Bihar is on a dangerous crime curve. He wrote: “The murder of Hindustan bureau chief of Siwan, Rajdeo Ranjan is an indication that criminals are striking with impunity. Though police are yet to crack the case, the nature of the crime – police claim it was a planned hit job  suggests a dreaded don who is connected to the RJD could be behind the incident.”

According to an IndiaSpend report, in 2014, Bihar reported 1,77,595 cognizable crimes, while Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan recorded 2,72,423 and 2,10,418 such crimes, respectively. However, when it comes to the murder rate in Bihar, the number is higher than either MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat or Kerala. Under-reported cases could possibly one of the reasons why the figures for the overall crime rate is less than the other states.

Bihar: Three arrested for attacking newspaper employee

The Patna Police on Sunday arrested three persons with weapons in connection with the attack on the distribution manager of a news publication ‘The Telegraph’ that took place late on Friday night. The assailants allegedly thrashed 42-year old Rakesh Kumar, after keeping him under illegal detention for three-and-a-half hours. “The incident took place at 1 pm last night. A four wheeler was coming from wrong side, it was misbalanced. Our cars collided and the driver of our car ran away. There were four people in the car and they attacked us and took us along with them towards Danapur,” Kumar said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rakesh said he was beaten up and abused by the assailants, who demanded money from him. “They asked for my ATM card and I gave it to them. When we came on the main road, they started torturing me inhumanly. The driver went to the ATM and asked me the pin code and threatened to kill me, if I give wrong information. I said the truth. The driver said I have Rs. 25,000 balance in my account but it would only be taken out from UBI ATM,? he added.
ALSO READ After Rajdeo Ranjan murder, another newspaper employee attacked in Bihar’s capitalRakesh further stated that the assailants started searching for the ATM, while torturing me. “My colleagues also reached there. They tried to escape and both the persons left the car and ran from the place. I went to the police station and narrated the whole incident. It was surprising that no police check post was found anywhere near the Dak Bunglow road,” he added.

Bihar: LJP leader Sudesh Paswan murdered in Dumaria

Sudesh Paswan, a leader from Ram Vilas Paswan’s party LJP has been murdered in Dumaria in Bihar. “We condemn the murder of our leader Sudesh Paswan. President’s rule should be imposed in Bihar,” LJP said commented.In February, LJP leader Baijnathi Singh too was murdered and the incident drew a lot of attack towards CM Nitish Kumar’s governance.Bihar is making headlines since the news of Aditya Sachdeva’s murder, a businessman’s son and Class 12th student who was allegedly shot dead by Rocky Yadav, a JDU MLC’s son for overtaking his vehicle here on May 7. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajdeo Ranjan, district bureau head of a leading vernacular newspaper, was shot dead by unidentified men when he was going on his motorcycle near fruit market on station road under town police station area of Siwan on May 13 evening.Nitish Kumar and his mahagathbandhan are facing flak since the murders and their governance is being criticised as Jungle Raj II.

Siwan journalist murder case: Bihar police arrest 5 and recover pistols and motorcycles

Patna: Bihar police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s murder case by arresting five persons in Siwan district.

“The police arrested five persons in connection with the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan and recovered a 7.65 bore country-made pistol and three motorcycles,” Additional Director General of Police (ADG Headquarters) Sunil Kumar told reporters.

The arrested were identified as Rohit Kumar, Vijay Kumar Gupta, Rajesh Kumar, Ishu Kumar and Sonu Kumar Gupta, the ADG said.

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He said Rohit Kumar has admitted that he fired on the scribe resulting in his death.

Search is on for some more persons involved in the crime, he added.

The police have also seized a 7.65 bore country-made pistol and three motorcycles used in the crime, he added. Rajdeo Ranjan, district bureau head of a leading vernacular newspaper, was shot dead by unidentified men when he was going on his motorcycle near fruit market on station road under town police station area of Siwan on 13 May evening.

The killing had drawn country-wide criticism for Nitish Kumar government as a reflection of the slide in law and order situation in the state.

Why was RJD’s Shahabuddin getting ‘VIP facilities’: Sushil Modi asks Nitish

The controversy over RJD strongman Md Shahabuddin getting ‘VIP facilities’ while being shifted to Bhagalpur jail from Siwan to die down with BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on why a luxury vehicle was used in the process and why it took 12 hours to reach Bhagalpur. “How come a convicted prisoner like Md Shahabuddin get a luxury vehicle and why did it take 12 hours for the police to shift the RJD strongman to Bhagalpur amid reports that he met a minister and some RJD leaders at Muzaffarpur?” Modi asked in a statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The former deputy Chief Minister also took the state government to task for reportedly allowing Shahabuddin to hold a ‘janata durbar’ at Siwan jail in violation of jail manual, which was found out by top district officials during inspection and the matter reported to IG, Prison Anand Kishore who subsequently issued a notification for the RJD strongman’s shifting to Bhagalpur jail at the earliest.Modi questioned the state government for lodging Shahabuddin in Siwan district jail when as per rules he should have been held at a central jail as he was convicted for more than five years by a court in a murder case. Alleging that Shahabuddin enjoyed “patronage of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad” who has nominated the former to his party’s national executive recently, Sushil urged the Chief Minister to take up the issue with Prasad.It may be mentioned that fingers have been raised at Shahabuddin in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case in Siwan last week with his kins demanding security in view of threats from the convicted don.

Jharkhand scribe murder: Three arrested, mastermind remain absconding

Three people have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a journalist working with the local Hindi television news channel in Chatra district on May 12.Chatra Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha told the media here that TPC Naxals had been demanding seven lakhs from the journalist for contract work that he was doing in Rajpur police station area, which could have been the cause for the assault.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three people have been arrested and three mobile phones and an Apache bike have been recovered from them.The alleged mastermind of the murder, Mukesh Ganjhu remains to be absconding and the police are on a manhunt to nab him.Meanwhile, in the case of the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan district the case is most likely to be handed over to the CBI as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar that he was for the transfer of the case.The Chief Minister said he has given his approval for a CBI probe in view of the demand of the slain journalist’s relatives.The slain journalist’s wife Asha yesterday demanded a CBI probe into his murder to ensure that the culprits get stringent punishment.”I demand from the government a CBI probe and a secured future for my children and me. The culprit must be given stringent punishment,” she said.42-year-old Ranjan was allegedly shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station earlier on Friday.

Bihar govt to recommend CBI probe into scribe murder: Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Bihar government will on Monday recommend a CBI inquiry into the killing of a journalist at Siwan in the state on May 13. “A decision has been taken to send the inquiry into the killing of a journalist of regional daily at Siwan to CBI on the request of his family. After following procedural code, the recommendation for CBI investigation would be handed over today itself,” Kumar told newsmen here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”… when I saw in the media the (journalist’s) family’s demand for a CBI probe, I personally asked the DGP to send a police team to acquaint the family with probe. Patna Zonal IG N H Khan met the family and they expressed satisfaction over the inquiry. We were prepared that if they are not satisfied, a CBI probe would be recommended in the Siwan incident,” he said.The chief minister said no effort has been spared in investigating the killing of Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan district bureau chief of Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’, and in the Gaya road rage incident. “None should have any doubt that anybody would be protected in any crime … In my government, nobody is above the law irrespective of party affiliation or social standing.We believe in the principle that police should conduct investigation in any crime independently and nobody should interfere in the probe process,” Kumar said. He also called on mediapersons to be responsible citizens and share information or clue, if any, with the probe officials in the two cases.When asked about RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin’s alleged link in the murder of the scribe on Saturday and progress of police investigation in the case, the chief minister called Director General of Police PK Thakur, present at the programme, and handed him over the loud speaker to answer the questions. Rubbishing the charge of return of ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar, Kumar, during the one-and-half-hour press meet, asserted that “rule of law” prevailed in the state and he was personally committed to continue it in future too.There have been allegations by NDA of return of ‘jungle raj’ under the present ruling coalition in which RJD is a partner and law and order becoming a casualty due to Kumar’s tours outside the state for programmes on prohibition. He highlighted the suspension of JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi, whose son Rocky Yadav is alleged to have killed 19-year-old student Aditya Sachdeva in an incident of road rage, and also recovery of liquor bottles from her Gaya house.

Bihar journalist murder: Two people detained in the case arrested under excise act

Two people who were detained in connection with journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case have been arrested under excise act.When the accused was if he threaten Rajdeo Ranjan, he said that he never spoke to him and asked to check his phone records.The special teams of the Bihar Police had collected evidences from the crime scene and detained two suspects on Friday.”Our special teams comprising a team of forensic science, Special Task Force (STF) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials had been dispatched to Siwan last night. They have collected all possible evidences from the crime scene, besides police have apprehended two suspected accused, and interrogation is going on,” said the DGP.Emphasising that the investigation will take some more time, he said by that time things would be clear to police. “The collected evidences are also being examined and analysed. Besides, police are probing all points with urgency. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Saran Range, Ajit Kumar Rai is camping there since last night and supervising the investigation. The zonal Inspector General of Police (IG) Paras Nath has also reached there and looking into various aspects of inquiry,” he added.Ranjan (42), was on Friday allegedly shot dead by five motorcycle-borne criminals near the Siwan railway station. Two bullets that were fired at him hit on his head and neck. He was shifted to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Meanwhile, journalists held a candlelight march to protest against Ranjan’s murder.With agency inputs.

Bihar: Nitish Kumar breaks silence on scribe’s murder, says guilty won’t be spared

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said he was saddened by the killing of a journalist in his state and promised swift action against the guilty. “Whatever is happening in Bihar has saddened me. I assure the people of state that whoever is guilty will not be spared,” Kumar told reporters here.Condemning the murder of Siwan bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, Rajdeo Ranjan (42), he said the probe would be expedited and Bihar Police will bring to book those responsible for the killing. During his day-long visit here, senior office bearers of some journalist unions met him and handed over a memorandum demanding immediate action against the guilty.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the kin of the slain journalist, an Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) delegation said one of the family members should be given a government job. Kumar assured them of prompt action and promised that the guilty will be punished. Three persons have been detained for questioning in connection with the murder on May 13 night and preliminary probe suggested that the killers were disturbed by the news stories of Ranjan.

Press Club of India condemns killing of two journalists, demands strict action against culprits

New Delhi: The Press Club of India and the entire journalist community on Saturday condemned the brutal murder of two media persons in Bihar and Jharkhand and demanded action against the culprits by both the Centre and state governments.

Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi newspaper Hindustan, which is part of the HT Media, was shot dead at a busy market near Station Road in the district on Friday night. Four suspects have been detained in connection with his killing.

In the other incident, Indradeo Yadav, also known as Akhilesh Pratap, was gunned down in Jharkhand’s Chatra district on Thursday night. He worked as a correspondent for a local TV channel.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“Both, the murders of Rajdeo Ranjan in Bihar and Akhil Prasad Singh in Jharkhand were targeted killings and form a part of attempts on part the mafia to muzzle the independent voice of the media,” said Press Club of India president Rahul Jalali.

“It is with increasing dismay we also note the increase in attempts to target the press throughout the country, by denigrating them and if nothing else works by eliminating them as has happened in these two cases,” he said.

Nadeem Ahmad Kazmi, secretary general of Press Club of India, said: “It is in this context we demand from the government, both at the centre and states, to come down heavily on the culprits and also create an atmosphere conducive to the free and fair functioning of the media in the country.”

“We also appeal to all media organizations in the country to come together and deliberate on how to resist increasing attacks on press freedom. In this context, we offer our forum for every media outfit to come together to strategise on the action plan for our battles ahead,” he added.