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Whiff of MP hand in murder

Patna, Nov. 9: LJP MP and dreaded “don” from Ganga Diara Suraj Bhan Singh was today named as accused in the murder of government lawyer and human rights activist Ram Naresh Sharma.

Sharma was gunned down at his Pokharia residence in Begusarai, 120km from here, yesterday.

The lawyer was representing the prosecution in cases put on speedy trial against Suraj Bhan, the LJP MP from Balliah.

Sharma was also known for his involvement in the Jaiprakash Narayan-led Bihar movement in 1974.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who described Sharma as his “long standing friend”, had yesterday dispatched a high-powered team of police officers to investigate into the matter. The team is headed by additional director-general of police (headquarters) Abhayanand.

Police sources today said the investigating officers have found Suraj Bhan’s involvement in the murder, which had shocked the legal and judicial community in the state.

The MLA’s name is also associated with several cases of murder, dacoity, abduction and other offences.

Witnesses to the murder said two motorcycle-borne criminals came to Sharma’s house yesterday evening and sought a meeting with him. As soon as Sharma came out of the house, he was shot. The lawyer was declared “brought dead” at Begusarai Sadar hospital.

Lawyers’ organisations and the Opposition had called for a bandh in Begusarai today, which evoked mixed response on Diwali.

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