Hajipur/Patna: 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.
The body of Ankit Jha (42), with multiple injury marks, was spotted by locals in an orchard in Kashipur village within Rajapakar police station limits and police was informed.
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.
However, the grand alliance government faced fresh criticism in the wake of the killings with Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan alleging "Jungle Raj is back" in the state as predicted by the NDA.
"Jungle Raj (lawlessness) is back in Bihar. In the run-up to assembly polls, we were saying that there will be Jungle Raj-2 in Bihar if Nitish-Lalu combine wins the elections.
"They (Nitish and Lalu) countered it saying it will be 'Mangal Raj' (good rule). Now people have to decide whether it is Jungle Raj or Mangal Raj," Paswan said in Delhi.
Warning those responsible for the spurt in crime in Bihar of "serious consequences", Lalu urged the police brass to do everything to make the state crime-free.
"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," he 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....