The Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar is under fire after the murder of IndiGo’s Patna airport manager Rupesh Kumar Singh. The incident has triggered angry reactions from across the political spectrum. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, “If Nitish Kumar is not able to control law and order, and he should resign.”
Meanwhile, Congress national general secretary Tariq Anwar said that Nitish Kumar has lost grip on law and order.
In the meantime, the Bihar Police on Wednesday claimed to be in the possession of “vital clues” in the case.
Rupesh Kumar Singh (40) was sprayed with bullets. He was inside his SUV, waiting for the gates of his residence in Punaichak locality to open, on Tuesday evening.
‘We have some vital clues’: Police
CCTV footage suggests that the assailants were two in number and rode a motorcycle, police sources said. The assassins, who had their backs towards the CCTV camera, appeared to have been following Singh from the airport, around three km away.
A police team reached the airport Wednesday afternoon for investigation. They are expected to study the CCTV footage of the previous day for identifying the attackers.
Deputy SP (Sachivalaya) Rajesh Singh Prabhakar, who is part of the Special Investigating Team formed by the zonal IG for cracking the case, told reporters, “We have some vital clues, which we would not like to divulge right now. But, we are confident that the culprits would be caught soon.” The post-mortem report of the deceased was awaited, he added.
Officials should pull up their socks: JD(U) MP
Talking on the incident, Sunil Kumar Pintu, an MP from Nitish Kumar’s own party, said, “Our leader’s commitment to maintaining law and order will bear no fruits, until and unless officials concerned pull up their socks.”
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Thakur said that the state government must hand over the case to the CBI, if the police fail to solve it, within five days. Former MP and Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav also pointed to Singh’s “high profile connections”. And he stressed on the need for a thorough inquiry.
BJP’s Maharajganj MP Janardan Singh Sigriwal said, “I had pulled some strings for getting Rupesh. His family has been known to me since long, transferred from Kolkata to Patna. I had never thought of such a tragic end to such a promising life.”
Meanwhile, at the paternal residence of the deceased in Saran district, the wails of the bereaved father rent the air.
“After my son came to Patna, I was feeling relieved that upon my death, he would be certainly here in time to lend his shoulder to the bier. What bigger misfortune for a father than to end up doing the same for his offspring,” he said.