The life of Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav, whose son Rocky allegedly gunned down a Gaya student on Saturday night, is an improbable rags-to-riches story, aided by political muscle and littered with criminal links.
Popularly known as Bindi Yadav, the businessman and former Janata Dal (United) leader was once caught for a bicycle theft. Today, he is a moneyed man known for his enormous clout. His wife, Manorama Devi, is a JD(U) member of the Bihar legislative council.
Police sources said he has close ties with Maoists of the Magadh range and usually gets all state infrastructure contracts in rebel-affected region.
“There are eleven criminal cases lodged against Bindi in Gaya’s Rampur police station area, where Aditya was killed. He was nabbed with around 4000 cartridges for sophisticated weapons like SLRs and AK-47 in March 2011,” said a source.
Yadav also owns malls, hotels and around 15 petrol pumps in Gaya, Bodh Gaya and Delhi.
Police say he is also involved in road and building construction as well as the real estate and liquor business. In 2010, Bindi unsuccessfully contested on an Rashtriya Janata Dal ticket for the assembly election from Gurua.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Malik said the silver-coloured Land Rover vehicle, priced at around Rs 1.5-crore, was bought by Yadav recently with a temporary Delhi registration number (DL-1AU 7063).
“It was brought to Gaya just a couple of days ago. There are just five such vehicles in Gaya,” she added.
The licenced revolver used by Rocky is also costly. “It is a .32 bore Italian-make pistol costing around Rs 10 lakh. Rocky is also a member of rifle club in Delhi. The all -India licence for pistol has also been issued in Delhi,” said a family member.
Manorama Devi said Rocky is the elder of the two brothers and was preparing for the civil services examination in Delhi but many family members said he was involved in the real estate business.
“He was hardly competent. He was rather looking after the business of his father and loved to indulge in display of money and power”, the neighbours insisted.
‘Rocky fond of cars and guns’
Neighbours and family members say Rocky has expensive tastes with a passion for car and guns.
The Anugrahapuri Colony where Rocky’s parents reside in a palatial mansion with a fleet of cars parked outside has seen many complaints against Rocky, neighbours say.
Fed up with the complaints from colony residents , Rocky’s parents decided to send him to Ranchi where he was enrolled with the DPS school.
But he was soon packed off to Varanasi, from where he passed his matriculation examination.
Rocky was then sent to Delhi and was subsequently admitted to Delhi University, from where he completed his graduation and post-graduation degrees. He is still absconding.