Bihar’s leading industrialist and BJP leader, Gunjan Khemka was gunned down outside his cotton factory situated in the industrial area of Hajipur. He was also the convener of the state BJP’s small industries cell.
All sections of society are under threat of crime such as theft, extortion, molestation, rape, and murder but series political killings in recent past signals return of the goonda raj.
The slain industrialist had been receiving threat calls of extortion for six months. He had lodged a complaint in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan police station.
After Khemka’s murder, there is a strong outrage in both opposition camp and in BJP which in alliance with JDU running the state government.
“The entire state is burning. If it was jungle raj during Lalu Prasad yadav’s rule, what kind of rule is it now? Hardly a day passes without a major criminal incident. My party should consider withdrawing support to this government immediately,” said senior BJP leader and MLC Sachchidananda Sinha. He also said- In broad day light, criminals are fearlessly using AK-47 to execute crime.
The prominent face of business community and JDU leader Kamal Nopani also expressed his anger over killing of Gunjan Khemka. He demanded the removal of Vaishali SP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon. A SIT has been formed to probe the case.
In 2018 many leaders and elected representatives of different political parties were killed at large. 5 RLSP leaders were shot dead in East Champaran, Khagaul, Siwan and Vaishali district.
1 CPIML leader in Bhojpur, 1 BSP leader in Buxar, 2 RJD leaders in Patna and Nawada were killed.
As per Police data, there was 10% rise in instances of murder between July 2017 to June 2018. It is to be noted, that the home portfolio is with the Chief Minister himself and few months back the deputy CM, Sushil Modi was found appealing to criminals not to commit crime during Pitripaksh Mela.