The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday called for a shutdown in Gaya over the alleged murder of 20-year-old Aditya Sachdeva by Rocky Yadav, the son of Janata Dal (United) legislative council member Manorama Devi.
The police is yet to arrest Rocky who is still on the run, nearly 36 hours after the incident.
The police said member of the legislative council (MLC) Manorama Devi’s son, Rocky, sprayed bullets on a car in which Aditya Kumar Sachdeva was travelling with four friends after an altercation over overtaking. A bullet pierced through the rear windshield and fatally hit Aditya’s head. He was in the back seat.
The BJP also took on the state government, demanding the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar for his failure to check the rising criminal incidents in Bihar.
Opposition leaders made a beeline for Aditya’s home while their supporters shouted slogans against chief minister Kumar.
“The hotheaded son of a politician got angry … and shot dead a youngster. Bindi Yadav is a known criminal,” said Sushil Kumar Modi, the party’s state unit president
Gaya MLA and the leader of the Opposition, Prem Kumar, said the murder proves the “return of jungle raj” in the state. “Bihar is burning, an atmosphere of fear pervades the state,” he said.
Devi’s husband, Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav aka Bindi, and guard Rajesh Kumar were arrested on Sunday. A carbine and 70 rounds of ammunition were found in Devi’s home, Magadh Range DIG Saurabh Kumar said. The couple’s son is on the run.
Bindi, a construction businessman, was taken into custody for allegedly helping Rocky escape. The father was jailed in the past for keeping 6,000 rounds of ammunition for a banned weapon in 2011.
He pleaded innocence, saying his son was assaulted by the youngsters, who were drunk. “After all, everybody has the right to self-defence,” he said. But he acknowledged that his son has a licenced weapon and it might have gone off during the scuffle.
The police said Rocky decided the quarrel by arms after Aditya, a prominent Gaya trader’s son, and his friends allegedly ignored signals to let his Range Rover overtake their Maruti Swift on a narrow road. Aditya and his friends were returning home from a birthday party in Bodh Gaya.
“An infuriated Rocky squeezed past the Swift and stopped a little ahead. He was holding a revolver and hurling abuses. Fearing for their lives, Aditya’s friend who was behind the wheels sped past Rocky’s car but came under a volley of fire from behind,” an officer said.
The friends took Aditya to Gaya’s Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Legislator Devi denied her son’s role in the murder. But the recovery of the Delhi-registered Range Rover from her home put her in a spot.
Family sources said Rocky had brought the car from Delhi, where he is preparing for the civil services after graduation. He stays mostly in Delhi and arrived in Gaya a few days ago for a short holiday. “Being the son of Bindi Yadav and Manorama Devi, he is pampered. Carrying a pistol and moving in a Range Rover is enough to change a youth’s mindset,” said a neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named. The road rage took political overtones as angry Gaya residents put up road blockades on Sunday.