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RJD leader close to Shahabuddin shot dead in Bihar’s Siwan

Killing of Minhaj Khan, a general secretary of the RJD Yuva Morcha, sparks tension in the area.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2017 00:25 IST
Alok Mohit
Alok Mohit
Hindustan Times, Patna
The crowd outside the house of RJD youth leader Minhaj Khan, who was gunned down in Bihar’s  Siwan district early Saturday.
The crowd outside the house of RJD youth leader Minhaj Khan, who was gunned down in Bihar’s Siwan district early Saturday.(Rahul Raj Singh/HT Photo )

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a youth leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in north Bihar’s Siwan district in the wee hours of Saturday, three days after a JD(U)-BJP government assumed charge in the state.

Police said Minhaj Khan was asleep at his house at Sheikhpura village in Basantpur police station area, 158 km north of Patna, when gunmen opened fire at him around 3am.

Khan was district general secretary of the RJD Yuva Morcha and was a close aide of controversial former MP Mohammad Shahabudin, a Siwan strongman who is convicted in many criminal cases.

Khan’s family members accused criminal Raju Khan and his accomplices of plotting the murder.

The killing sparked tension in the area with a large number of villagers gathering at the victim’s house.

Maharajganj sub-divisional police officer Sanjit Kumar is camping at the village with a police team from Basantpur.

The situation was tense, but under control, the police added.

Basantpur police station SHO Dharmendra Kushwaha told HT over phone that a country-made carbine and five live bombs were recovered near the house of the victim.

Prima facie, it appeared that the incident could be the result of personal enmity, the station house officer (SHO) said.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar snapped ties with the RJD to form government with BJP’s support on Thursday, promising good governance.

His earlier grand alliance government, of which the RJD was a part, was often accused of failing to curb growing crimes in the state.

Welcoming Kumar to the NDA fold, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan earlier urged the chief minister to make law and order, among others, top of his agenda for governance.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 12:33 IST