‘Jungle raj’ back in Bihar? After LJP leader Sudesh Paswan’s murder, now Jitan Ram Manjhi’s convoy attacked

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Published: May 26, 2016 4:03:52 PM

The Nitish Kumar government has come under a sharp attack in Bihar, with the recent killing of LJP leader Sudesh Paswan and the attack on former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi's convoy.

Nitish KumarNitish Kumar had earlier lamented that a section of people start “chanting” ‘Jungle Raj’ after every incident of crime in the state. (PTI Photo)

Is ‘jungle raj’ back in Bihar? That’s what politicians from the opposition camp in the state are claiming. The Nitish Kumar government has come under a sharp attack in Bihar, with the recent killing of LJP leader Sudesh Paswan and the attack on former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s convoy.

Suspected Maoists shot dead the district-level leader of LJP Sudesh Paswan and his cousin, who is a panchayat poll candidate, in Dumaria police station area of Gaya district on Wednesday.

Paswan, who was going with his cousin Sunil Paswan and some supporters, were waylaid in Dubat Tola by the assailants who then fired killing both. The attackers also burnt a car, a mini truck and a motorbike moving with the deceased LJP leader.

Paswan was campaigning for panchayat elections when he was shot dead. His cousin Sunil Paswan, who sustained injuries in the shootout, succumbed to his injuries after he was rushed to a hospital.

The LJP condemned the murder and demanded President’s Rule in the state in view rising crime.

On Thursday, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s convoy’s pilot vehicle was set on fire in Dumaria region of Bihar’s Gaya District. Manjhi was on his way to meet those agitating against Paswan’s murder, when his convoy’s pilot vehicle was set on fire.

LJP leader Chirag Paswan earlier lashed out at the ruling ‘grand alliance’ for prevailing lawlessness in the state, and said those raising their voices are being murdered.

On Wednesday, Nitish Kumar lamented that a section of people start “chanting” ‘Jungle Raj’ after every incident of crime in the state and said the government has decided to set up a battalion for safeguarding banks and other such establishments.

Without naming BJP or its allies in NDA, Kumar said, “Nowdays a few people are gripped with the fever of chanting ‘Jungle Raj’ after every incident of crime. If crime takes place we are also hurt.”

Addressing a state level bankers meet, the Chief Minister said a decision has been taken to constitute state Industrial Security Battalion to provide security to banks and other establishments.

Nitish Kumar has been under constant political attack this month, with the killing of a journalist in Bihar’s Siwan earlier this month. 42-year-old Rajdeo Ranjan was earlier allegedly shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station.

Two bullets were fired at the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan that hit him on his head and neck.

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