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3rd person detained in Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case

A third person was detained on Sunday in connection with the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan.

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The man is the caretaker of the CCTV footage and he was quizzed by the police team from Siwan which arrived in Patna to investigate into the disappearance of the footage.

Earlier, the Bihar Police collected evidence from the crime scene of the murder and detained two suspects.

“Our special teams comprising a team of forensic science, Special Task Force (STF) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials had been dispatched to Siwan last night. They have collected all possible evidences from the crime scene, besides police have apprehended two suspected accused, and interrogation is going on,” said the DGP.

Ranjan, a journalist with Hindi daily Hindustan was shot dead by unidentified men near the Siwan railway station on Friday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed disappointment over the spurt of criminal incidents in the state recently. Nitish condemned the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, who was gunned down by bike-borne miscreants in Siwan district. Promising a speedy investigation in the case, Nitish said, “Bihar Police will not spare the guilty.”

Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow, Nitish did not refrain from speaking on the recent murders in his state which drew flak towards his governance. “Whatever is happening in Bihar recently is saddening. I assure the people, whoever is guilty would not be spared,” he added.

Two bullets were fired at the Siwan bureau chief of the daily that hit his head and neck. He was shifted to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

According to police, five motorcycle-borne criminals were waiting for Ranjan, who was walking down the road to his home, and shot him twice.

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