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Bihar journalist murder: Wanted criminal who did a recce surrenders

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PATNA: Yet another key accused in the journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case surrendered in the court in Bihar on Friday evening hours after the Supreme Court issued notices to health minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Mohammad Shahabuddin in the case.

Sonu Kumar Soni who has been absconding for the past four months surrendered in the court of the chief judicial magistrate on Friday evening after which he was remanded to judicial custody.

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Sonu is accused of doing recee of the slain journalist Ranjan who was shot dead by motorcycle-borne criminals in May this year.

Police has been anxiously searching for this criminals for long and had even conducted raids at certain locations but failed to nab him.

Earlier on Wednesday, another fugitive Mohammad Kaif who was a key accused in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case had surrendered in Siwan district court.

Kaif who was giving police the slips for the past four months had reportedly reached court dressed in “burqa” (veil) to escape being caught by the police.

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The surrender comes a week after the police attached his property, media reports said.

Kaif who claims himself to be cricket coach is accused by police of being a “conspirator” in Ranjan murder case.

He was last seen outside the Bhagalpur jail gate receiving RJD politician Mohamad Shahabuddin after he was released from jail on September 10. He was also seen with Shahabuddin at latter native village at Paratappur when he reached there after his release, as per reports.

Kaif went into hiding after the police launched raids to arrest him when his photographs with Shahabuddin made headlines in all newspapers.

The issue took a political turn when another photograph showing Kaif with health minister Tej Pratap Yadav went viral in the media.

Last week, the police attached the accused property after he failed to surrender. The police have also registered a case against his family who protested on the streets and block traffic, protesting the attachment of properties.

Ranjan was shot dead by motorcycle-brone criminals in May this year while he was on way home after day’s work in the evening. Police allege Kaif was a conspirator in the murder case.

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