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Murder attempt on RJD leader

Dhanbad, Dec. 29: A block-level RJD leader sustained bullet and splinter injuries in Dhanbad this morning in a daring attack that also left his driver wounded.

RJD’s Baghmara block chief Rohit Yadav (45) received a bullet in his lower abdomen and several splinters in his arms and stomach when half a dozen men hurled crude bombs and opened fire aiming at his SUV at Agardih forest in Katras, around 22km from the district headquarters.

Driver Chunnu Ansari (35) also took splinters in his arms.

Local people, who heard the explosions and gunshots, rushed to the spot and took both Yadav and Ansari to nearby Nichitpur Nursing Home, from where Yadav was later referred to The Mission Hospital, Durgapur, in Bengal. He is in the intensive care unit now.

According to police sources, Yadav, who left his home in Tetulia around 10.45am, was travelling in his SUV to Katras Bazar.

When his SUV entered a deserted Agardih forest area, some unidentified men started throwing bombs at the vehicle.

Ansari, who sustained splinter injuries in the initial attack, lost control of the SUV that went off the road and entered nearby bushes.

The attackers hurled total four low-intensity bombs that also injured Yadav and broke the windscreen. The gunmen then fired four shots one of which hit Yadav.

Later, a team of Katras police led by officer-in-charge Alok Ranjan Singh accompanied the RJD leader to The Mission Hospital to record his statement. Till filing of this report, Yadav was not in a condition to speak.

Dr S. Kumar, who first examined Yadav and Ansari at Nichitpur Nursing Home, said both had suffered multiple injuries, but Yadav was more serious. Ansari is stable now.

Baghmara DSP Vinod Kumar Gupta said Yadav was one of the main accused in the murder of senior JMM leader Akshay Lal Chauhan, who was shot dead in front of his house on November 25, 2011.

“The murder attempt on the RJD leader could be an outcome of that incident. However, we are probing the incident from all possible angles, including personal enmity and business rivalry,” said the DSP, adding that nothing concrete could be said until Yadav’s statement was recorded.

Police said the RJD leader also faced charges for illegal coal mining in Tetulia area.

District RJD chief Tarkeshwar Yadav, nevertheless, termed the incident as part of a conspiracy and demanded a high-level inquiry into the murder attempt.