The Delhi police on Wednesday arrested BJP leader from Bihar, Raju Kumar Singh for shooting a woman at New Year’s party at a farmhouse in south Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri. Singh is a former JDU leader and two time MLA. The former MLA and his driver Hari Singh, who had fled Delhi after the incident, were arrested Thursday after being detained from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh a day before.
Raju Singh’s wife Renu Singh and Raminder Singh, who worked for the leader, were arrested for allegedly destroying evidence, police said. Renu Singh is a former member of the Bihar legislative council.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) RP Upadhyay had earlier said that a first information report was registered against the MLA for an attempt to murder and destruction of evidence, based on a complaint filed by Vikas Gupta, the woman’s husband.
The woman, identified as Archana Gupta, is in hospital in critical condition. Vikas Gupta, in his complaint, alleged that Singh had fired two to three rounds around midnight.
Raju Kumar Singh hails from Muzaffarpur district of Bihar and is an influential businessman. His family is said to have good hold in pharma industry in cities like Noida, Ahmedabad. He did his matriculation from Bihar State Education Board (BSEB) in 1984, intermediate in 1986 and further attained B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D from Maharashtra University.
Entry in Politics: 48 year old, Raju Singh is a resident of Badaduad village in Paroo. His father Uday Pratap Singh has been a former mukhiya of Kharouni panchayat.
In 2005, Rajput by caste Raju Kumar Singh entered Bihar’s politics and fought state assembly elections on JDU ticket and registered a victory. He repeated the success in 2010 assembly elections. In 2009 he even helped his wife to become an MLC.
In 2015, he was found to have anti-party activities as allegedly he cross-voted during the Rajya Sabha by-poll in June 2015, later joins BJP. Raju Kumar Singh fought 2015 assembly election on BJP ticket from Sahebganj seat and was defeated by the candidate of Mahagathbandhan and RJD leader Ram Vichar Rai. Since then he is known to have a political rivalry with the RJD leader and sitting MLA of Sahebganj.
Influence of Money and Muscle: His background his known for ‘Money and Muscle power’. Property wise he has a movable asset worth more than Rs. 7 crore and immovable asset which includes commercial building in Kalambagh road and Motijheel area of Muzaffarpur city, residential building in New Delhi, cultivable land in his village Paroo and a petrol pump) worth Rs. 1.50 crore as per his 2015 assembly election affidavit.
The businessman turned leader has a spree of criminal offence. He has five cases registered against him, which include charges related to unlawful assembly (IPC Section-143), criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506), Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307), theft (IPC Section-379), Rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148). Long time back in 2011 he was on Maoist hit list also.