In Patna, a councillor affiliated to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was shot dead by three men on a motorcycle near Saguna Mor at Danapur on Thursday. Kedar Rai, a representative of ward number 15, was shot dead when he was out on a morning walk. He was soon taken to the hospital in a critical condition where he died during treatment.
Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said two people have been arrested on the basis of a statement from the victim’s family. “We are confident of nabbing the culprits soon,” he added.
The murder is suspected to be the fallout of a land dispute. Rai owned considerable immovable property in the area, and was known to be feuding with the land mafia for many years now. Nearly 20 criminal cases were also lodged against him at the local police station.
The Patna police had recommended invoking clause 3 of the crime control act to extern Rai from the area for a month before the municipal elections in June. Though no such action was eventually taken against the councillor, he was made to compulsorily appear at the Danapur station every day for that period.
Efforts are on to nab the assailants, police said.