Mohammad Kaif alias Bunty, a suspected conspirator in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s murder and alleged aide of controversial RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin, surrendered before a court in Siwan on Wednesday.
Kaif’s surrender comes after he was seen with Shahabuddin on the latter’s release from Bhagalpur special central jail on September 10 and police was set to confiscate his property in connection with another case related to extortion.
While police said that Kaif would be taken on remand and interrogated for his role in Ranjan’s murder, they revealed that Rohit, Sonu, Rishu, Vijay and Rajesh—the shooters of Ranjan—had confessed to committing the crime on the direction of Azharuddin Beg alias Laddan Mian, a sharpshooter working for Shahabuddin.
The trio had also disclosed that Kaif was standing near a railway over-bridge, close to the fruit market in Siwan town where they shot Ranjan, Siwan SP Saurabh Kumar Saha told HT.
On Wednesday, Kaif surrendered before the court of chief judicial magistrate Arvind Kumar Singh in a case of extortion registered in Town police station based on the statement of Firoz Sai, a clerk of Engineering College, after which he was sent to 14-day judicial custody, police said.
Police have also remanded Kaif under the new excise act after some of his friends alleged that he had made liquor available to them.
Siwan court had issued non-bailable arrest warrant against him. On September 16, police attached his property.
Siwan Town police had lodged an FIR against nine persons including Kaif and three of his family members. On Tuesday, the CJM’s court issued a warrant against his mother and two sisters, Ladli, Seema and Pinki Khatoon, in this connection.