Six people, including 3 minors, killed in Bihar; oppn blames Nitish govt for ‘jungle raj’

Official records show that since January 1 this year, at least 35 people have been killed in Bihar and three of them were victims of kidnapping.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2018 17:24 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
HIndustan Times, Patna
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar holding a meeting with officials on law and order in Patna.(Ht File Photo)

Six people, including three children, have been killed over the last 24 hours in Bihar with the opposition mounting an attack on Friday on the Nitish Kumar-led government for failing to check the spiralling lawlessness in the state.

The goriest incident was the abduction and murder of 16-year-old Raunak Kumar, the son of a property dealer, whose body was found on Friday in Patna’s downtown Kumhrar locality under Agamkuan police station area.

The Class 9 student was abducted while he was on his way to school on Wednesday and the kidnappers demanded Rs. 25 lakh ransom from his parents. When the family expressed their inability to meet the demand, the abductors killed him.

Three suspects, one of them the victim’s neighbour, Vickey, have been held in connection with the incident.

Sudhir Kumar, Raunak’s father, said he informed the police soon after he got the call for ransom from the kidnappers.

“The city SP (superintendent of police) kept assuring us that Raunak is safe and they would rescue him safely. Today, they handed us his body,” the wailing father, who fainted after seeing his son’s body, said.

“Police kept us in dark all through the last 48 hours,” he said.

As the police found the boy’s body from a shop in the nearby locality and handed it to his family members after an autopsy, people in Kumhrar and adjoining areas reacted angrily to the alleged police slackness.

“We tried our best to rescue the child from abductors... But before we could reach the abductor’s hideout, they had killed the boy. We cracked the case within 24 hours and arrested three culprits involved in the gruesome incident,” Patna city SP (East) Vishal Sharma said.

The others who were killed have been identified as five-year-old Adarsh Kumar and 52-year-old priest Ravi Das from Sasaram and trader’s son Prem Lal Shah, 38, and a government employee’s 29-year-old son Rajendra Rai from Muzaffarpur.

Seven-year-old Veer Kumar Singh from Bettiah was also killed. Veer, the son of a farmer, had gone missing on Thursday and his body was later found from a water tank. West Champaran SP Jayant Kant said the child was sodomised before he was killed.

Opposition leaders pulled up the government as they equated the prevailing situation as jungle raj or the law of the jungle” in Bihar - a phrase used to describe the incidents of lawlessness during the tenure of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal from 1990 to 2005.

“The government seems to have completely lost control of law and order situation in the state,” Bihar Congress acting president Kaukab Quadri said.

Former deputy chief minister and leader of opposition Tejaswi Prasad visited Raunak’s family. The RJD leader criticised the government for failing to check the murders and kidnappings in the state.

He later said in a tweet that criminals are ruling the roost in Bihar while the government is maintaining a stoic silence.

Official records show that since January 1 this year, at least 35 people have been killed in Bihar and three of them were victims of kidnapping.

Similarly, six people were abducted and killed in January 2017 and 14 people were abducted for ransom and murdered during the same time in 2016.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 17:24 IST