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Shahabuddin aide Laddan gets bail, slain journalist Rajdeo’s wife to move HC

Laddan has been granted bail in a case wherein he is alleged to have provided firearms to those who gunned down ‘Hindustan’ daily scribe Rajdeo Ranjan, at a busy market near Station Road of Siwan, on May 13, 2016.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2017 20:49 IST
Avinash Kumar
The accused person’s bail plea had earlier been rejected by a lower court in Siwan (north Bihar).
The accused person’s bail plea had earlier been rejected by a lower court in Siwan (north Bihar). (Representative image)

The Siwan district court of ADJ-3 Manoj Kumar, on Thursday, granted bail to gangster Azharuddin Beg alias Laddan Mian, said to be a close aide of incarcerated RJD ex-MP from Siwan, Mohammad Shahabuddin, in a case pertaining to the murder of Siwan (north Bihar) journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

Laddan has been granted bail in connection with a case wherein he is alleged to have provided firearms to the shooters, who gunned down ‘Hindustan’ daily scribe Rajdeo Ranjan, at a busy market near Station Road of Siwan, on May 13, 2016.

Reached for a reaction, slain Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife Asha Ranjan said that she was moving the high court for cancellation of Laddan’s bail in the arms’ act case.

On May 25, 2016, the Siwan police had arrested five shooters, including Rohit Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Vishnu Kumar and Sonu Kumar Gupta, allegedly involved in the murder of the journalist. The police also recovered firearms from the Sonu’s house and motorcycles used by shooters. 

During his interrogation, Sonu disclosed that 7.65 bore pistols, six live cartridges and Rs 15,000 cash were provided by Laddan to eliminate Rajdeo. Rohit shot Rajdeo after mobike-borne Sonu stopped the journalist as he was passing through the station road area of Siwan town.

Forensic reports has confirmed that the three bullets recovered from Rajdeo's body during autopsy had been fired from the pistol that was recovered from Sonu’s house. 

A fresh FIR was then lodged against Laddan and Sonu in connection with the arms act case. Later, Laddan had, on June 2, 2016, surrendered before the court of Siwan CJM.

His earlier regular bail plea in the arms act case rejected by a Siwan lower court while another bail plea, related to Rajdeo murder case, investigating by the CBI, was rejected by the special CBI court of Muzaffarpur.  He has been named as a conspirator in the CBI case.

According to court officials, Laddan’s counsel Navin Kumar Srivastava forcefully pleaded for his bail whereas prosecution counsel, APP Ranjan Kumar Srivastava, opposed it, pointing out all the six accused in the case remained in jail.