Ex-MP’s close aide quizzed for Bihar journalist’s murder Drought tourism for netas in Marathwada
A close aide of jailed RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin was questioned on Saturday over the killing of a senior journalist in Bihar’s Siwan town, with the investigation focusing on a possible political motive.
Rajdeo Ranjan, 42, the head of Hindi daily Hindustan in Siwan, was shot dead by unidentified men on Friday. Police found two CCTV cameras near the spot were malfunctioning for the past two days. Footage from a third CCTV was being scanned.
It’s a flood of VIPs in Marathwada’s Latur district — among the regions hit worst by the severe water scarcity facing the state.
In the past few weeks, three former CMs, a former deputy CM and two party chiefs have made their way to the parched district.
And, the show is set to get bigger, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party organising a massive rally on Sunday, which all its 22 MPs will attend.
So far, former CMs Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Narayan Rane, former deputy CM Ajit Pawar, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and leaders of the opposition, Dhananjay Munde and Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, have visited Latur, Osmanabad and Beed, to speak to villagers and slam the state government for poor relief work.
Armed with the claim by the National Investigation Agency that Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officers may have planted RDX on suspects booked for the 2008 Malegaon blast, accused Sudhakar Chaturvedi is now planning to revive an old petition in the Bombay high court and seek action against the ATS officers.
In February 2013, Chaturvedi filed a writ petition before the Bombay high court, seeking the constitution of special investigation team (SIT) to probe ATS officers who had investigated the case. Chaturvedi’s petition alleged that he the ATS had framed him and detained him illegally.
According to the ATS, Chaturvedi was a member of Abhinav Bharat, an organisation floated by Lt Col Prasad Purohit, and participated in various conspiracy meetings. ATS officials had, after arresting him, searched the rented house in which he lived. They claimed they found in it a detonator, a gunny bag and traces of RDX and ammonium nitrate. A report from the Forensic Science Laboratory said the traces of chemicals from the flat matched samples collected from the blast site.
But the NIA’s charge sheet claims that after Chaturvedi’s arrest, a senior ATS officer visited and entered his house in the absence of witnesses on November 3, 2008, weeks before the official search of his house on November 25.