Day after the alleged shooter Mohammad Kaif aka Bunty was spotted with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a warrant against the culprit in the journalist Rajdev Ranjan murder case. Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan who was shot dead in May.
A group of five criminals on motorcycles shot two bullets at 42-year-old Ranjan when he was on his way home from office on a bike. Ranjan worked for Hindustan — a sister concern of Hindustan Times. Police had launched a manhunt to catch the killers. The motive behind the murder is still not known.
Siwan was the stronghold of former RJD parliamentarian Mohammad Shahabuddin, who was released from Bhagalpur jail on September 10. He was in jail for 11 years for the abduction and murder of two people in 2004.
India is considered one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world with political influence mixed with a nexus between criminals and industry causing a surge in crimes against reporters. A 2015 study by Reporters Without Borders said India was the deadliest for journalists in Asia, ahead of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nine journalists were killed in the country last year with only war-torn Syria and Iraq recording more deaths.