Kundan Prasad Singh, Rahul Raj’s father, told
on Wednesday that he suspects his son was beaten up before being shot by the Mumbai police. He said he was shocked to find multiple injuries on Rahul’s face and other parts of the body.
“There were several injury marks and black spots on his body. It seems he had a scuffle with the police in the latter’s custody. From the circumstantial evidence and close observation of the body, I can presume that Rahul had resisted his thrashing in police custody,” Singh said.
He also said the bus hijack story appears concocted. “In a double-decker bus, normally the driver sits on the lower deck.
My son was sitting on the upper deck. How it is possible for him to hijack the bus from there? Moreover, in a plane hijack, the hijacker is seen standing behind the pilot. But here the bus is standing at a stop and the passengers are asked to get down by the hijacker. See the contrast and judge the role of the Mumbai police.”
Rahul was cremated on Tuesday night at Patna’s Gulabi Ghat.
Slogans of “Raj Thackeray murdabad” and “Rahul Raj amar rahe” rent the air as relatives and friends carried the bier from his Kadamkuan residence.
Sources said the state government had persuaded Rahul’s family to perform the cremation late at night instead of Wednesday, as was planned, in view of the increasing tension and protests by the local people.
Hundreds had gathered at his house protesting against the killing. The angry mob greeted CM Nitish Kumar, who drove down straight from Patna airport after arriving from Delhi.
Several other top functionaries of the state and district administration, ministers and representatives of the various political parties attended the funeral. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi laid a wreath on behalf of the state government.