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Journalist’s murderers won’t go scot-free, say Lalu, Tejashwi


Patna: Responding to the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan on Friday evening, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday said such incidents are taking place all over the country, but it is responsibility of the government to carry out impartial investigation and ensure that the culprits get stringent punishment.

However, Tejashwi Yadav’s father Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad told mediapersons that he condemned the incident in strong words.

“I condemn the murder of the journalist in strong words. The government and police are independent to take action against the culprits. The perpetrators, howsoever mighty they are, won’t go scot-free,” he said.

Director General of Police (DGP) P.K. Thakur said special teams of the Bihar Police have collected evidences from the crime scene and detained two suspects in this connection.

“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.

“I understand with the pace the work is progressing, we will clear the entire thing after some time, and legal action will be taken against those who are involved in it,” said the DGP.

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. (ANI)

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