3 Engeneers Murdered In 4 Days In Bihar; Lalu Prasad Says Attempt To Discredit State Government

Hajipur/Patna; Dec.30: An engineer was found murdered in Bihar's Vaishali district on Tuesday, the second such incident in four days after two engineers were shot dead in broad daylight in Darbhanga for apparently defying extortionists' demand for protection money.

Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kumar said the victim was a quality engineer with Reliance IT. It was confirmed on the basis of a diary and identity card recovered from the pocket of the deceased.

The motive behind the murder of Jha, whose jurisdiction was entire north Bihar, was yet to be ascertained, the SP said.

The incident followed the gunning down of two engineers of a private road construction company by motorcycle-borne assailants on Saturday on Darbhanga-Kusheshwarsthan state highway in Darbhanga district, apparently after they defied the diktat of a criminal gang for protection money.

Brajesh Kumar and Mukesh Kumar, employed with road construction company M/S BSCCNC, were shot dead near Shivram Chowk when they were supervising laying of a road.

Meanwhile, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, whose party is a coalition partner in the Nitish Kumar government, has said those who had challenged the law and order during his rule were at it again. 

"Those who had challenged law and order during my rule are doing it all over again," Lalu, facing accusations from the opposition of having brought back 'Jungle Raj', told reporters in Patna.

"It is our government in Bihar... I appeal to the police to make Bihar crime-free by taking stringent action against criminals and anti-social elements who are out to bring disrepute to the state government," Lalu said.

He condemned the killing of engineers and asked the state government and their employers to take care of the kin of the deceased.

The RJD chief said the extortionists apparently wanted to send a message to other construction companies through these killings to make them cough up money. 

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