<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, the wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, seeking shifting of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from the Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi for a free and fair trial in the case relating to her husband’s murder.The apex court had deferred the hearing to December 15 during the hearing last week.Asha Ranjan’s plea stated that free and fair trial against Shahabuddin was not possible if he remain lodged in the Bihar jail as witnesses would not be able to depose against him with his goons threatening them.Shahabuddin is facing trial in 45 criminal cases.Meanwhile a separate petition is filed by Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons had been murdered at the behest of the RJD leader.Forty-two-year-old Ranjan, the bureau chief of The Hindustan, was shot dead in July this year at Phal Mandi near the Siwan railway station, barely half-a-kilometre from the police station.The Bihar Government had recommended the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) to probe the case.The case came into limelight again after a photograph appeared in the media showing murder suspects Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed with gangster-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin after his release from jail.Kaif, however, later rubbished all accusations against him and said he has no involvement in Rajdeo’s murder case.
The incident took place in the Amra Talab area under Sasaram Mufassil police station, when 35-year-old Dharmendra Singh, associated with a national Hindi daily newspaper, was having a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall near his house. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely six months after the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, another reporter was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-borne criminals in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Saturday morning.The incident took place in the Amra Talab area under Sasaram Mufassil police station, when 35-year-old Dharmendra Singh, associated with a national Hindi daily newspaper, was having a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall near his house. “Three assailants, who were on a motorbike, came near the tea stall and opened fire. The bullet hit him in his chest,” a police officer said.Locals rushed Singh to the Sasaram Sadar hospital from where he was referred to Varanasi after some primary treatment. However, Singh succumbed to his injuries on the way. Sources said Singh had received threats from the stone crusher mafias in the area against whom he had published some reports.Officials said an investigation is under way and raids were being conducted to nab the criminals. Singh is survived by his wife and a son. The Opposition attacked the state government, claiming that there was a deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was busy with his ‘Nishchai yatra’ while people were being murdered. On Thursday too, Ramchandra Yadav, a Mukhiya at a panchayat in Darbhanga, was shot dead by unidentified criminals.
<!– /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.
<!– /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.
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.
In a fresh development in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s murder case, the Bihar Police on Wednesday arrested five people.Earlier on May 14, four suspects were detained in connection with the case. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier given his consent for a CBI probe in the murder case. Director General of Police (DGP) PK Thakur, however, said on May 16 that the state police would continue its investigation till the top investigating agency takes up the case.42-year-old Ranjan was allegedly shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station on May 13. Two bullets were fired at the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan that hit him on his head and neck.
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.
Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Bihar government will recommend a CBI inquiry into the killing of a journalist at Siwan in the state on 13 May.
“A decision has been taken to send the inquiry into the killing of a journalist of vernacular 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 in Patna.
“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 NH 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 that 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 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.
The BJP on Saturday demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of a journalist in Siwan and hinted about the alleged involvement of a jailed RJD strongman in the murder. “The needle of suspicion points to a jailed ‘bahubali’ (muscleman) in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. Since such a high profile person is suspected, its a known fact that Bihar police would not be able to do justice to the case. Hence the matter should be handed over to the CBI,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi along with leader of opposition in Legislative Assembly Prem Kumar and state BJP chief Mangal Pandey visited the family of Ranjan, the district bureau chief of Hindi daily “Hindustan”, who was shot dead at Station Road under Town police station last night. Modi, leader of opposition in the Legislative Council, said the family of the victim also sought CBI investigation into the murder case. The senior BJP leader claimed that recently the Superintendent of Police of Siwan furnished a list of 23 people to the state police headquarters who were “black listed” by jailed RJD strongman and former MP, Mohammad Shahbuddin, and Rajdeo Ranjan’s name figured in the list. “The pattern of murder of the journalist was similar to the recent killings of BJP workers of Siwan, Srikant Bharti and Rajesh Roshan, at the behest of Mohammad Shahbuddin,” he said. BJP would organise a sit-in at Siwan tomorrow to protest against the journalist’s murder, said Modi, who was Deputy Chief Minister during NDA rule in the state. Elsewhere in the state, BJP workers would burn effigy of the state government to protest deterioration in law and order situation in Bihar, he added.
Union Minister for Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday cornered the Janata Dal (United) Government in Bihar over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and said the condition is not going to improve until Nitish Kumar remains chief minister. “Not even a single person will be punished in the road rage incident of Gaya. Yesterday, I gave a full report to President Pranab Mukherjee. We have been demanding for President’s rule in the state for last three months. We have also been demanding a CBI probe in all these incidents,” Paswan said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”A delegation led by Chirag Paswan met the Bihar Governor. Till the time this JD (U) Government stays in Bihar and Nitish Kumar stays as chief minister, law and order situation is not going to improve. The entire law and order has deteriorated. This is a government of rapes and murders,” he added. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief said his party, therefore, demands for central rule in Bihar. The killing of two journalists in the last 24 hours, one in Bihar and the other in neighbouring Jharkhand, has led to another round of war of words between the BJP and the JD (U) in Bihar. Senior reporter of a Hindi-daily ‘Hindustan’, Rajdeo Ranjan, was killed in Bihar’s Siwan district on Friday evening by unknown assailants near the railway station. The journalist was shot from close range in the head and the neck. In Jharkhand, a journalist was shot dead by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district. A police official said, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, 35 who worked for a news channel, was gunned down near panchayat secretariat of the village on Thursday night. The killing comes days after a road rage case, in which suspended JD (U) MLC Manorama Devi’s son Rocky shot dead a class XII student, Aditya Sachdeva, in Gaya for overtaking his SUV.
A US-based media watchdog on Saturday called for an investigation into the brutal killings of two journalists in Bihar and Jharkhand this week.”While police investigations into the murders of journalists are welcome, investigations without arrests or tough prison sentences for the killers send the wrong message,” Committee to Protect Journalist’s Asia program senior research associate Sumit Galhotra said in a statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajdeo Ranjan, Bihar’s Siwan district chief of Hindi daily “Hindustan”, was shot dead last evening when he was going on his motorcycle near a fruit market.Ranjan, 45, died on the way to hospital.His killing came less than 24 hours after Akhilesh Pratap Singh (35), a journalist of a news channel, was gunned down by unidentified men at Dewaria in Chatra district in Jharkhand.”India’s abysmal record of prosecuting those who kill journalists is fostering an increasingly dangerous climate for the media,” Galhotra said.