Rahul Raj cremated in Patna
Rahul Raj, the gunman shot dead by the police in a Mumbai bus, was cremated at Gulbighat on the banks of the river Ganga in Patna.patna Updated: Oct 29, 2008 16:41 IST
Rahul Raj, the gunman shot dead by the police in a Mumbai bus on Monday, was cremated at Gulbighat on the banks of the river Ganga in Patna last midnight.
His friends carried the bier of Rahul on their shoulders from his Kadamkuan residence to the cremation ground, about four km away, though the district administration had arranged for a flower-bedecked truck to carry the body.
They chanted slogans like 'Raj Thackeray murdabad (death to Raj Thackeray)' and 'Rahul Raj amar rahe (long live Rahul Raj)'.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who once represented the Patna Central constituency in the state assembly where Kadamkuan is located, was present as the representative of the state government.
Rahul's father Kundan Prasad, who runs a car service centre, performed the last rites of his son.
The state government has demanded a CBI probe and judicial inquiry into the killing of Rahul, who, according to his father, had gone to Mumbai looking for a job after acquiring a diploma in radiology.
Claiming that he had come to Mumbai to kill MNS leader Raj Thackeray, Rahul with a country-made revolver had held a bus load of passengers hostage in a north-east suburb on Monday. He was killed in a shootout with the police.