2 lynched in Bihar's Nalanda following RJD leader's murder
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Indal Paswan was killed by unidentified assailants on Tuesday night in Nalanda, the home district of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Paswan's killing triggered massive outrage among the locals who lynched two persons -- Raj Kumar Malakar and Ranjan -- on suspicion of being involved in the killing.
The incident took place in Magadha Sarai village under the Deep Nagar police station when an armed assailant opened fire on Paswan. He was on his way back home after attending a funeral.
Sources say the RJD leader's killing was pre-planned as the assailants were waiting for him to return to his village. They pumped three bullets into his chest after which he died on the spot.
Indal Paswan's murder evoked massive outrage against Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal government on Wednesday morning over deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Locals supported by RJD workers staged a protest in Bihar Sharif, the district headquarters.
Agitated protestors first set ablaze the house of two suspects -- Naresh Chowdhary and Chunni Lal -- alleging them to be the prime accused in the murder. Later, the mob attacked the house of two more suspects, Raj Kumar Malakar and 15-year-old Ranjan and killed them.
Paswan's family said that Indal Paswan had a tiff with Naresh Chowdhary and Chunni Lal a few days ago over drinking toddy and said perhaps that could be the reason behind the killing.
Police have sent Paswan's body to the Sadar hospital for postmortem.
An FIR has been registered and investigations in the case begun. Extensive searches and raids are being carried out in the area to identify and apprehend the killers.
The situation in the area continues to be tense. Police officers led by the superintendent of police and deputy superintendent of police are camping in the area to control the situation.