Four arrested in Bihar journalist murder case

Journalist Vimal Kumar was shot dead by armed men inside his home in Raniganj area early on Friday morning.

ARARIA | Updated: 20 August, 2023 8:29 pm IST

ARARIA: Bihar Police have arrested four people in connection with the murder of local journalist Vimal Kumar in Araria district, they announced on Saturday.

The accused have been identified as Vipin Yadav, Bhavesh Yadav, Ashish Yadav and Umesh Yadav. Main accused Madhav Yadav and Arjun Sharma are still at large.

According to Araria Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashok Kumar Singh, a total of eight people have been named as suspects by the deceased’s father. “Police teams are conducting raids to apprehend the remaining suspects,” he said.

SP Singh further said: “Based on a statement given by his father Harendra Yadav, a case has been registered at the Raniganj police station under sections 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention), and various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act.”

Journalist Vimal Kumar was shot dead by armed men inside his home in Raniganj area early on Friday morning.

The murder snowballed into a major controversy as opposition leaders highlighted it to attack the Nitish Kumar government over deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar.

“The condition of Bihar is worse than even Pakistan,” declared former state BJP chief and MP Sanjay Jaiswal.

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BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) also mounted an attack on the JDU-RJD-Congress alliance government, saying common people had lost faith in CM Nitish, who once earned the moniker “Sushasan Babu” for good governance.

On back foot, the chief minister said that he had promptly ordered a thorough investigation into the incident. IG Suresh Chaudhary was sent to Araria from Purnia to oversee the progress of investigation.

Meanwhile, the Press Club of India has expressed deep sorrow and concern over the heinous murder, calling the incident a “cowardly act” and called upon Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to ensure swift and decisive action against the culprits.

BJP has often accused the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for sheltering criminals.

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