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IndiGo Executive’s Murder Lands Nitish Kumar In Fresh Political Trouble

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Bihar Police mentioned the homicide case had been assigned to a Special Investigation Team (File)

Highlights

  • Murder happened barely 2 km from the Chief Minister’s residence
  • Incident triggers political backlash for Nitish Kumar
  • MPs from ally BJP assault Mr Kumar over legislation and order in state

Patna:

The homicide of an IndiGo Airlines government in Bihar’s Patna has triggered a political backlash for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, with the opposition demanding his resignation and even leaders of his ally BJP criticizing him brazenly.

Rupesh Kumar Singh, 44, a supervisor with the personal airline, was shot useless final night exterior the gates of his residence, barely two km from the Chief Minister’s residence. He was ready in his SUV for the gates to open when two males using a motorbike opened fireplace at him.

Hours earlier, he had been seen on the Patna airport when the Covid vaccine arrived. The police imagine the killers chased him from the airport three km from his residence.

“He was from Chhapra and we are looking into whether there was some enmity involved,” mentioned Jitendra Kumar, a senior police officer in Patna.

The Chief Minister’s Office mentioned Nitish Kumar had spoken to the police, which has assigned the case to a Special Investigation Team. The Chief Minister had ordered fast and hard motion in opposition to the accused and speedy trial to carry them to justice, mentioned an announcement, which, nevertheless, did not silence the political assaults.

Mr Singh, a father of two kids beneath 10, was a excessive profile determine identified to many politicians and bureaucrats.

A BJP MP, Vivek Thakur, referred to as for a CBI investigation, describing the killing as “as sad and serious”. He mentioned the police ought to produce ends in the subsequent few days or hand over the case to the CBI.

Another BJP chief, Rajya Sabha member Gopal Narayan Singh, was way more caustic as he mentioned Nitish Kumar had no management over legislation and order within the state. “The government of Bihar is running with (BJP) our support, but we are aware of the situation. It is also necessary to speak on this for the improvement of Bihar. I think law and order is poor in the state and corruption cases are on surge. There is no control over the law order in the state. There is no visible grip of our government on the current police system presently,” Mr Singh mentioned.

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“Our expectations were that when Nitish Kumar became Chief Minister for the fourth time, he would work strictly on the law and order situation and rise above politics and think for the people of Bihar. But laxity is seen; it looks like the future is not looking bright,” added the BJP parliamentarian.

The Bihar Police reviews to Nitish Kumar, who can also be the state Home Minister.

Reports of a rift throughout the ruling coalition have been already within the air, ever because the November Bihar election by which the BJP gained an higher hand over the Chief Minister’s social gathering by scoring many extra seats.

The Chief Minister’s social gathering man, Janata Dal United MP Sunil Kumar Pintu, mentioned, “Our leader’s commitment to maintaining law and order will bear no fruits until and unless officials concerned pull up their socks.”

But his phrases did nothing to dam the assaults.

In sharp tweets, opposition chief Tejashwi Yadav mentioned “power-protected criminals killed Rupesh Kumar Singh” and “criminals are running the government in Bihar”.

“This incident has taken place just two km from the Chief Minister’s residence, which proves no one is safe. If Nitish Kumar is not able to control law and order, he should resign,” the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief instructed reporters.

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