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RJD strongman Shahabuddin moved to Tihar by train under heavy police escort

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PATNA: Controversial RJD politician Mohammad Shahabuddin left for Tihar jail on Saturday evening under heavy police escort.

Shahabuddin who earlier in the day was brought to Beur jail in Patna from Siwan was taken to the Rajendra Nagar terminal to board the New Delhi-bound Sampoorna Kranti express, as per media reports.

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As per reports, his ticket was booked for the general class, not in the AC bogie as he used to travel earlier.

Reports said a large number of supporters reached the station to have a glimpse of their leader after coming to know that he was being taken to Delhi by train but none could reached near him owing to heavy security arrangements.

Earlier in the day, he had a brief stopover at Beur jail before en route Tihar where he is being move following directive from the Supreme Court.

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Shahabuddin was escorted out of Siwan jail post midnight as the entire world was asleep, as per reports. He was carried in a white Tata Sumo.

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

The development comes four days after the Supreme Court ordered 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 byhired goons in May last year.

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

 

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.

Image Courtesy: Dainik Jagran

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