With the murders of two scribes in Bihar in a span of 24 hours including of Rajdeo Ranjan, the bureau chief of f Hindi daily Hindustan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday accused the state government of failing spectacularly in managing law and order, adding that he senior scribe had paid the price for exposing the wrongdoings of former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is serving time for charges including kidnapping and murder.
“We have seen how their own MLA was caught abducting and raping a minor, we have also seen one of their lawmakers molesting a girl in a railway station and only a few days ago, their MLC Manorama Devi’s son Rocky Yadav killed Aditya in cold blood,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told ANI.
“And today we come to know that one of the bureau chief of a leading newspaper has been killed point blank in Siwan, a place where he used to expose the wrongdoings of RJD and particularly MP Shahabuddin as news reports are saying,” Patra added.
Asserting that it was a matter of grave concern that the freedom of the press was being choked and that journalists were killed for trying to project the wrongdoings of politicians, he said that complete lawlessness was rampant in Bihar under the current state government.
”Naturally it is not just Jungle Raj but Maha Jungle Raj. Even the jungle has a rule but in Bihar there seems to be no rule,” the BJP leader said.
Meanwhile, two people have been detained in connection with the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan.
Siwan Superintendent of Police told ANI that the two are being grilled to procure more details regarding the shocking murder.
Ranjan, a journalist with Hindi daily Hindustan was shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station.
Two bullets were fired at the Siwan bureau chief of the daily that hit on his head and neck. He was shifted to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
According to police, five motorcycle-borne criminals were waiting for Ranjan, who was walking down the road to his home, and shot him twice.
The ruling party JD (U) leader Ajay Alok, told ANI that the government would nab the culprits within 48 hours. “No matter who the criminals are, the government is determined to hunt them down within 48 hours.”
According to colleagues, Ranjan was supposed to celebrate his 14th wedding anniversary with a gala party on Saturday. Sources said he was threatened with dire consequences on many occasions in the past.
India is considered one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world with political influence mixed with a nexus between criminals and industry causing a surge in crimes against reporters. A 2015 study by Reporters Without Borders said India was the deadliest for journalists in Asia, ahead of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nine journalists were killed in the country last year, with only war-torn Syria and Iraq recording more deaths.