//Crime Goes Unabated; One Killed, Two Kidnapped

Crime Goes Unabated; One Killed, Two Kidnapped

Patna: January 28, 2006< Patna Daily

Emboldened by the new government’s failure to contain crime in the state as promised by the NDA leaders in Bihar during the last Assembly poll campaign, criminals in Patna, on Friday evening gunned down a businessman for failing to cough up money in terms of ‘Rangdari Tax’.

The victim, identified as Rajkishore Rai, a Chhapra native, living at P&T Colony, was sitting at his grocery and vegetable shop in Nageshwar Colony under Kotwali police station when four criminals arrived at his shop and shot several rounds at him.

The criminals then escaped on foot firing several rounds in the air.

Rai who was hit 3-4 times, was rushed to the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) but succumbed to his injuries on his way.

Attempts are being made to identify and arrest the killers.

In the meantime, even as the police remains clueless in the abduction of the Don Bosco School 9th-grader Navlendu Kumar alias Bunti who disappeared on January 16 soon after the release of businessman Prashant Jain after being in captivity for nearly two weeks, two more abductions were reported further sending the entire state police department into a tizzy.

The parents of Class IV student Sumit Kumar who was going to participate in the Republic Day celebration at Durgapur in Hajipur district on January 26, filed a report with the police about the disappearance of their son.

According to the report, Sumit was picked up by two motorcycle-borne criminals while on his way to his school Guru Vashisht Vidyayan to participate in the Republic Day celebration. His father Umesh Kumar Singh, a clerk at Khagaria railway station, and his uncle Mahesh Kumar Singh, a security personnel in the Railway Security Board, filed a case of abduction against two unidentified men.

In another case of abduction reported from Phulwari area in Patna, a 9th grade student Ashraf, age 15, was reported kidnapped on Thursday evening.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shyam Rajak and Ram Kripal Yadav visited the house of Ashraf and assured his father of quick recovery of his son.