Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder: Shahabuddin shifted to Bhagalpur central jail

Former RJD MP Md Shahabuddin was today shifted to Bhagalpur central jail from the district jail at Siwan. His associate is under the police scanner in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

Shahabuddin is serving a life sentence for the murder of two brothers. The RJD MP has been in Siwan jail since 2004.

The police are learnt to have recovered eight cellphones and two knives from the different cells of the jail. It was, however, not known whether any contraband item was recovered from the cell of Shahabuddin, who has been at the center of a controversy following the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan, the district bureau chief of the Hindi daily, Hindustan.

The raid is believed to be part of the investigations into the allegations that Shahabuddin was behind the fatal attack on the scribe.

Bihar prison rules state that anyone awarded over a five-year sentence should be lodged in the central jail. Those serving up to five years should be lodged in the district jail while others serving up to three years should be kept in the sub-division jail.

The 45-year-old journalist was gunned down at a crowded market by suspected sharpshooters shortly after he came out of his office on Friday night. Ranjan's family had alleged that the Siwan strongman was behind his killing.