A Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader in Bihar was shot dead in Patna on Thursday by ‘unidentified assailants.’ Rai was a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and councillor of RJD ward 15 in the Danapur area.
According to police Rai, along with his brother, was out on his morning walk in Danapur near Patna when the attack took place. “It appears to be the work of a sharpshooter,” a police officer added.
Responding to the incident Lalu Prasad Yadav alleged that, “several bigwigs, including politicians, have role in this murder.”
The accused fled from the site after firing three consecutive shots at the RJD leader. Rai, who was seriously injured, was rushed to a hospital but declared brought dead.
Angry over the incident, hundreds of Danapur residents shouted slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and staged a protest demanding the arrest of the killers.
Rai is the second RJD leader in Bihar to be murdered after Nitish Kumar formed the new JD-U-BJP government after dumping the Grand Alliance with the RJD and Congress in July end.
Minhaj Khan was the other RJD leader, who was shot dead on 29 July in Siwan district. Khan was a popular youth leader and was said to be close to former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin who is currently in prison.