New Delhi, May.14 (ANI): Taking a strong note of surge in crime in Bihar and blaming Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for it, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Saturday questioned the duo's silence over the murder of a senior journalist in Siwan last evening.
Rudy said the action, or rather the inaction, of the Nitish-led regime against the criminal elements had emboldned them to break the law.
"The crimes are on a rise and a journalist was murdered in Siwan. What is the reason behind sudden surge in crime in Bihar. When the ruling government gives a message that emboldens the criminals by their action. The face of the regime are lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar, who is roaming around the nation for polls. Criminal elements are unde the impression that no one would touch them," Rudy told ANI.
"Their leaders and their children feel that they can go one committing crimes and no one would touch them. Lau Yadav and Nitish kumar are silent over the matter," he added.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi echoing similar views said Nitish Kumar's regime had become a safe haven for criminals.
Naqvi said that situation in Bihar had indeed worsened from being 'jungle raj' or even the 'maha jungle raj', and coined a new epithet 'Khooni raj' to describe situation in the state.
Meanwhile, two people have been detained in connection with the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan.
Siwan Superintendent of Police told ANI that the two are being grilled to procure more details regarding the shocking murder.
Ranjan, a journalist with Hindi daily Hindustan was shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station.
Criticising the murder, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain had said, "It has never been this bad in Bihar, this is not 'Jungle Raj', this is 'Maha Jungle Raj'. Nitish Kumar should look after Bihar instead of worrying about Varanasi." (ANI)