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Bihar journalist murder: RJD strongman Shahabuddin lodged in high-security cell of Bhagalpur central jail

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PATNA: Bhagalpur central prison is now the new address of RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin.

The politician facing more than 50 criminal cases was shifted to high-security Bhagalpur jail today under heavy security arrangements. He has been lodged in the highly protected cell number 3 of the jail.

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His shifting began shortly past midnight and he was brought to the new location by road. He reached Bhagalpur on Thursday afternoon.

The sudden shifting is being linked to the recent killing of the Sewan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

Reports said the order to shift him to Bhagalpur prison was issued late Wednesday night shortly after some cell phones, knives and other objectionable items were recovered from the Siwan jail where Shahabudidn was lodged.

The needle of suspicion moved towards the Siwan don after quite many of his associates have been arrested in connection with the cold-blooded killing of the journalist which evoked national outrage.

The shifting comes hours after the police raided the Siwan jail on Wednesday and conducted intensive searches there, including the cell where Shahabuddin was lodged.

Reports said the police raided the jail after getting some certain leads in the case.

The local media has reported the contract killers who were present at the place of occurrence some three hours before the killing had received as many as 36 calls from the jail.

The report added the killers contacted someone inside the jail soon after the killing after which their conversations got stopped.

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Reports said the raiding team also searched the ward of Shahabudidn during the extensive search operation.

As per reports, the police have recovered eight cell phones, two knives and other objectionable documents from inmates during the search operation.

Meanwhile, more than 36 hours after Bihar government wrote to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case, country’s premier investigating agency is yet to respond.

Media reports said the CBI is still examining the state government’s request seeking the agency’s takeover of Bihar police probe into the journalist murder.

“The CBI has received a communication from the Bihar government and is examining the state’s request,” a local newspaper wrote today quoting a CBI sources.

The state government recommended for a CBI probe on late Monday evening giving in to the demands of the victim’s family who alleged they had no faith in the state police.

Informed sources, however, say the agency’s track record is not “so good” as it has been taking quite long time for investigation.

The three recent cases, such as killings of Ranveer Sena chief Brahmeshwar Mukhia, Muzaffarpur student Navruna and transporter Santosh Tekriwal are yet to be cracked by the CBI while it mishandled the case involving politicians in 1999 Gautam-Shilpi murder case.

Meanwhile, the Siwan police have detained seven more suspects in connection with the murder of Siwan journalist Ranjan. All are being interrogated, local SP Saurabh Kumar Sah told the media today.

Most of the suspects detained by the police are alleged to be close aides or sharp shooters of jailed RJD politician Mohammad Shahabuddin now lodged in Siwan jail.

One of the arrested persons reportedly told the police that the “order” to kill journalist came from the Siwan jail recently.

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