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BJP attacks Nitish over teenager’s murder in Bihar

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) A teenager’s murder in Bihar’s Gaya town, allegedly by the son of a ruling JD-U legislator, reverberated within and outside parliament on Monday as the BJP attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for allowing the “return of jungle raj”.

Taking a dig at Nitish Kumar, Telecom Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters outside parliament that the chief minister nurtured the ambition to become the prime minister but was letting law and order in Bihar slip out of control.

“There is no vacancy for the prime minister’s post for many years. Nitish Kumar, please focus on governance in Bihar,” Prasad said.

Several Bharatiya Janata Party members raised the issue of law and order in Bihar in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, particularly highlighting the killing of Aditya Sachdeva on Saturday by Rocky Yadav, the son of ruling Janata Dal-United’s legislator Manorama Devi.

As Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members Ashwini Choubey (Bhagalpur) and Janardan Singh Sigriwal (Maharajganj) raised the issue, they faced protests from members of the Nitish Kumar-led JD-U and Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

While Sigriwal cited Aditya’s murder, Choubey said there was a rape incident lately at Sultanganj near Bhagalpur as the state is moving towards “jungle raj”.

“Since the formation of this government, crime is increasing every day. Recent example is of Gaya, where a teenager was killed for just overtaking (the SUV of accused Rocky Yadav). The law and order is at its worst in the state,” Sigriwal said while raising the issue during Zero Hour.

Choubey said: “A few days back, supporters of an RJD MP robbed in Sultangunj and an attempt was made to rape a woman. Her father was shot at. Jungle raj is back in the state. Political murders are occurring.”

Rajesh Ranjan (Pappu) Yadav, an expelled RJD member, also expressed concern over what he said was the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar.

He demanded that the state government be dismissed.

“In Nalanda, the home district of Nitish Kumar, an 8-year-old child was kidnapped. Criminal incidents have reached a new high ever since this government took over. This government must be dismissed to save Bihar,” he said.

Aditya, the teenaged son of a businessman, was shot dead on Saturday allegedly by Rocky Yadav, 30, for overtaking the latter’s sport utility vehicle on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road.

Rocky’s father Bindi Yadav, a criminal-turned-politician, was with him in the SUV along with a bodyguard when the shooting took place.

While Rocky is absconding, his father and the bodyguard were arrested. They were remanded in judicial custody by a local court on Monday.

The BJP on Monday called for a shutdown in Gaya to protest against the killing.

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