Five ar­rested for se­nior jour­nal­ist’s mur­der in Bi­har

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Av­inash Kumar av­inash.kumar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PATNA: The Bi­har po­lice ar­rested five peo­ple on Wednesday for the mur­der of a se­nior jour­nal­ist at Si­wan, even as the CBI looked set to take over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case. The ar­rested peo­ple have been iden­ti­fied as Ro­hit Kumar, Vi­jay Kumar, Ra­jesh Kumar, Vishu Kumar and Sonu Kumar Gupta, all be­tween 20 and 25 years of age. Po­lice said Ro­hit — whose father has been in­dicted in a mur­der case — is the main accused, and has al­ready con­fessed to the crime. How­ever, none of the five ar­rested peo­ple have crim­i­nal records.

Ra­jdeo Ranjan, the bureau chief of Hindi daily Hin­dus­tan, was shot dead near the Si­wan railway sta­tion on May 13. The in­ci­dent, which fol­lowed the mur­der of a teenager by the son of a JD(U) leg­is­la­tor, caused a ma­jor uproar – with op­po­si­tion par­ties dub­bing it as a re­flec­tion of the state’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing law-an­dorder sit­u­a­tion. CON­TIN­UED ON P12

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