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RJD politician Shahabuddin’s transfer to Tihar begins at midnight post SC order

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PATNA: Authorities today shifted RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin to Beur jail in Patna as part of the plan to finally move him to high-security Tihar jail in Delhi following directive from the Supreme Court.

Shahabuddin was escorted out of Siwan jail post midnight as the entire world was asleep, as per reports. His transfer began at around 2.40 am on Saturday as he was asked to ride a white Tata Sumo.

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Still quite many supporters after getting winds of his possible shifting gathered outside the jail gate during midnight and shouted slogans in favour.

Reports said he could be moved to Delhi via rail or airway.

The development comes four days after the Supreme Court on February 15 ordered the jailed don to be shifted to Tihar within a week describing him a “history-sheer”.

The Apex court pronounced its judgment on a plea filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of slain Hindi journalist Rajdeo Ranjan who was shot dead by hired goons in May last year.

Rajdeo’s widow had sought for transfer of Shahabuddin to Tihar jail for a fair trial in the case.

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In December last, slain journalist’s widow received murder threats on her phone twice after which she registered a case with the local police.

According to her, the caller asked her to immediately withdraw her case against Shahabuddin failing which she too would be eliminated.

“There has been too much of drama (over the murder). Now just withdraw the case from Supreme Court lest you will be chopped into pieces,” the victim said in her complaint petition.

As per reports, the calls were reportedly made from Dubai.

The incident came shortly before the SC was to hear her petition seeking shifting of Shahabuddin to Delhi’s Tihar jail from Siwan jail so that the witnesses in her husband murder case are not influenced.

This murder case is currently being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the probe is learnt to have reached the final stage.

Ranjan, a journalist with the Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead from a close range by shooters in May last year while returning home from office in the evening.

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