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‘Jungle raj returns’: Protests erupt in Gaya over road rage

Hundreds of slogan-shouting BJP leaders and workers, including leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Prem Kumar, took to the streets demanding Rocky Yadav’s arrest.

india Updated: May 09, 2016 14:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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BJP workers protest against the state government in Gaya over the killing of Aditya Sachdeva, the teenaged son of a city businessman.(HT Photo)

Normal life was badly hit on Monday in Bihar’s Gaya town by a shutdown called by BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protest against the killing of a teenager, allegedly by a ruling party legislator’s son.

Rocky Yadav, 30, allegedly shot dead Aditya Sachdeva, the teenaged son of a businessman, on Saturday night for overtaking his car on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road.

Rocky is the son of legislative council member Manorma Devi of the ruling Janata Dal (United).

His father Bindi Yadav, a criminal-turned-politician, was with him in the car along with a bodyguard.

While Rocky has been absconding since the incident, his father and the bodyguard were arrested and are to be produced in a local court on Monday, Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Malik said.

“We are looking for the accused inside and outside the state,” she said.

Bandh supporters led by NDA leaders, Prem Kumar and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and district RLSP leaders staged massive rally and raised anti-CM slogans.

Manjhi said that the killing of the student has once again proved that the Jungle Raj 2 is back in Bihar.

The Central Bihar Chamber of Commerce, ABVP members and a large number of school and college students also joined the protest and sought people’s support for bandh.

Read | Bihar road rage: Parties condemn Gaya youth’s killing, demand probe

BJP workers asked shopkeepers to down shutters, burnt tyres, blocked roads and urged people to support the shutdown.

“Look, it is 100% shutdown in Gaya town. Vehicles are not running. People are angry with what happened to Aditya and his family,” Prem Kumar said.

This latest incident has vindicated his stand that “jungle raj” has returned to Bihar, he said.

Police said its preliminary investigation shows that Rocky got into a fit of rage after Aditya’s car allegedly did not let his Land Rover vehicle pass. The row resulted in the teenager being shot dead.

The accused’s vehicle has been recovered from his parents’ house, police said.

Bindi Yadav has a criminal record. He was earlier arrested after a huge cache of cartridges of AK 47 was recovered from him.

Meanwhile, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav said that proper action would be taken against any one found guilty.

Tejeswi belongs to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a constituent of Bihar’s ruling ‘grand alliance’ whose other two members are JD(U) and Congress.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: May 09, 2016 12:28 IST