RJD leader Kedar Rai shot dead in Bihar’s Danapur; Police investigation underway

By: | Updated: August 10, 2017 12:54 PM

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Ward Councillor Kedar Rai who was also a close aid of party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, was shot dead in the wee hours on Thursday in Danapur area of Patna.

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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Ward Councillor Kedar Rai who was also a close aid of party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, was shot dead in the wee hours on Thursday in Danapur area of Patna. According to a report by Hindustan, a group of unidentified men opened fire at the RJD leader while he was on his morning walk at the Sugna road in Patna. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, but died during the initial course of treatment. It is also been said that three bullet were fired at Rai. His body has been sent for post-mortem examination and police is further investigation in the incident.

Commenting upon the killing of his party leader, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad to ANI, “There is involvement of some big names in this murder and its a conspiracy. It also includes some political figures.”

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said that after taking the family statement, the police have arrested two people. “We are confident of nabbing the culprits soon,” he added. The report also suggest that the murder was in connection to a land dispute as the deceased owned ample amount of immovable properties in the area.

According to IANS, hundreds of Danapur residents angry over the incident shouted slogans against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and staged a protest demanding the arrest of the killers. According to reports, Rai is the second RJD leader in Bihar to be killed after Nitish Kumar broke the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress to form a new government in the state with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On July 29, another RJD leader Minhaj Khan was shot dead in Bihar’s Siwan district. Khan was reportedly close to former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin who is currently in prison.

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