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Crime in Bihar: Government passive against politician-crime nexus

Author: Sanjeev Singh
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 18, 2016
URL:   http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sanjeev-singh-blog/crime-in-bihar-government-passive-against-politician-crime-nexus/

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s sushaasan or good governance is under fire after the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan district, the opposition has upped the ante with cries of return to jungle raj in the state. The shooting dead of a journalist makes one recall the nineties in Bihar when Lalu Prasad’s regime had earned the tag “jungle raj.
Ravi Shankar Prasad @rsprasad
Where is #Bihar heading towards?Isnt it return of #JungleRaj?What's stopping @NitishKumar frm ensuring safety of ppl https://t.co/FmdF0RoKT9
1:14 PM - 14 May 2016
M Venkaiah Naidu @MVenkaiahNaidu
The murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Rajan in Siwan (Bihar) reminds me of the earlier bloody days of 90’s leading to many deaths. 1/
12:51 PM - 17 May 2016

Ranjan’s family members are alleging the involvement of a mafia-turned-politician Shahabuddin in the murder. The former RJD MP is serving life-imprisonment and has been convicted in many cases including murder. Ranjan’s father has said he has no faith in Bihar Police while his wife claims that her husband was murdered for releasing a photograph of Bihar minister Abdul Gafoor meeting Shahabuddin in Siwan jail this March. The incident had caused much embarrassment for Kumar’s government.
TOI India @TOIIndiaNews
Involvement of former Siwan MP behind journalist's murder cannot be ruled out: Police https://t.co/t12KZ3WLXH
6:20 PM - 15 May 2016

The murder follows the incident of JDU MLC Manorama Devi’s son Rocky Yadav allegedly shooting dead an 18-year-old for overtaking his car in Gaya. The state government had earlier faced flak for not being able to arrest Nawada MLA Rajballabh Yadav after allegations of rape in February. The absconding RJD leader surrendered before a court after nearly a month.
ANI @ANI_news
Bihar: Journalists hold candle light march over Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan's murder in Siwan, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Y6J65ekc1l
7:27 PM - 14 May 2016

Though Kumar has recommended a CBI probe in the journalist’s murder and insists that Bihar’s crime graph is sliding. The new assembly elected last year has 142 of the 243 members facing criminal charges at nearly 60% of the total lawmakers in the Bihar legislative assembly. The government’s indolence in taking action against criminals with powerful political connections threatens to seriously dent the carefully cultivated image of the chief minister.
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