Patna, May 25: In a fresh development in journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case, the Bihar Police on Wednesday (May 25) arrested five people from Uttar Pradesh. Four suspects were arrested earlier.
Several raid were conducted by the police in Siwan jail in connection with the case. Also 17 mobile phones and 20 SIM cards have been seized.
Speaking to OneIndia Shyam Rajak, the state's food minister, said: "The Nitish Kumar government had given consent to conduct a CBI probe in the case as per the demand by the victim's family. Now, we have ordered the SIT probe to find out the Rajdeo criminals. "
"Our government is always active to curb the crime in Bihar," Rajak said.
JDU spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told OneIndia: "The BJP always wants to defame our government but we have conducted probe into the case. Several raids have also been done and two bike have been recovered by the police."
Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Sunil Kumar assured that the weapon of offence will be examined by ballistic experts. He said more arrests will be made.
"The SIT was formed to probe into the case and till now, five people who have been arrested gave their statements and confessed to the crime. Interrogation will be on for the next 10 hours," Kumar concluded.
On May 13, 42-year-old Rajan was allegedly shot dead by criminals near the railway station in Siwan. Rajan, who was the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, died on the spot as two bullets hit him on his head and neck.