PATNA: Even as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a high-level meeting on the law and order situation in the State for the second consecutive day on Friday, unidentified men gunned down one of the State BJP vice presidents, Visheshwar Ojha, in Sonbarsa Bazar located between Ara and Bhojpur.
Ojha was the second BJP leader to be gunned down within 12 hours in the State. Earlier in morning, BJP leader Kedarnath Singh was shot dead in Chhapra.
The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when Ojha was returning after attending a function at Sonbarsa village. “Apprehending threat to his life, Ojha had written to the SP and DGP for providing security, but it was ignored,” charged Bhuvan Ojha, his bother. His security was withdrawn by the government, Bhuvan alleged. Ojha was facing several criminal charges.
The daylight killing sent a shock wave in the State as it came close on the heels of the murder of LJP leader Brijnathi Singh in Patna a few days ago.
The series of “political killings” in the State has left leaders of Opposition a worried lot. BJP leaders strongly condemned the incident with Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Prem Kumar, alleging a bigger conspiracy in the killing of Opposition leaders.
State BJP president Mangal Pandey said if the murder case was not solved within 72 hours and all those involved arrested, the BJP would organize a ‘chakka jam’ throughout the State.
The BJP leaders reiterated that ‘jungle raj’ was prevalent in Bihar and alleged it was the outcome of the alliance between the JD(U) and RJD.
LJP Parliamentary board chief Chirag Paswan demanded President’s rule in the State due to the deteriorating law and order situation. He said that leaders of Opposition parties are now the main targets.