Another person detained in Siwan journalist's murder case; family demands CBI probe

Siwan/Lucknow: Amid the outrage over the killing of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Bihar, his family on 15 May demanded a CBI probe into the incident as BJP took to streets across the state in support, holding protest marches.

According to a report by News Nation, cops detained one more person for questioning in connection with the murder.

Three persons, including Upendra Singh, a history sheeter allegedly linked to RJD strongman and former Lok Sabha MP from Siwan Mohammed Shahabuddin had been detained earlier in connection with the incident but no arrests have been made so far.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was in Lucknow, has expressed "sadness" and said the "guilty will not be spared".

The slain journalist's family, including his wife and father, have demanded CBI investigation, saying they have no faith in the local police.

"There is indeed a political angle to my husband's murder two days ago as he did not have personal enmity with anyone. But there could also be professional reasons,"

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Ranjan's wife Asha Devi said, and demanded a CBI probe. She sought death sentence to the culprits and vowed to fight till her last breath for justice. Ranjan's 75-year-old father Radha Chaudhary and brother Gautam echoed her demand.

"The state government should bear cost of education and related needs of 16-year-old Ashish Ranjan and his eight year-old sister Sakshi Ranjan as their father will no more be with them to secure their future," Gautam Ranjan told PTI.

BJP, meanwhile, staged protest demonstrations across the state with its Bihar unit chief Mangal Pandey staging a dharna in Siwan to demand the arrest of culprits and a CBI probe.

The journalist's family alleged that he was murdered by incarcerated RJD leader Shahabuddin's men and Bihar Police lacked the will to conduct a free, fair and impartial probe in the matter, Pandey told reporters in Siwan.

Under the circumstances, the murder case should be handed over to CBI, he said and demanded security to Ranjan's family besides a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to his kin.

Police sources said three people, including Upendra Singh, the main accused in the killing of Shrikant Bharti, the spokesman for sitting BJP MP from Siwan, Om Prakash Yadav, who has a running feud with Shahabuddin, have been detained but not yet arrested. Bharti was gunned down in November 2014.

"Whatever is happening in Bihar has saddened me. I assure the people of the state that whoever is guilty will not be spared," Kumar told reporters in Lucknow.

Representatives of several unions of journalists met Kumar and handed over memoranda seeking action against the perpetrators, compensation and a government job to the kin of Ranjan.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2016 12:37:58 IST

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