Patna: Just few months after he held an inside-the-prison meeting with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Ghafoor, the Minority Welfare Minister in the Nitish administration, notorious criminal and Siwan terror Mohammed Shahabuddin walked out of the Bhagalpur prison as a free man on Saturday after being granted bail in the 2015 killing of Rajesh Raushan who was a witness in the killing of two brothers in Siwan back in 2004.
The former RJD MP and a close associate of RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav, Shahabuddin had been in Siwan prison since 2005 after the then newly-elected Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar, in his attempt to establish the rule of law in Bihar after 15 years of what is now known as the 'Jungle Raj', ordered arrests of all criminals and thrown in jail under various Acts – both old and new.
The 'Terror of Siwan' still faces over five dozen criminal cases in various courts including more than two dozen cases of murders.
Greeted by hundreds of his supporters who had started to gather outside the Bhagalpur Jail since yesterday, a smiling Shahabuddin emerged from the prison only to be mobbed by his well-wishers who covered him with garlands to display their pleasure on his release.
Saying he was the victim of a conspiracy, the RJD leader pledged his loyalty to Lalu Prasad Yadav saying the RJD chief was the real leader of Bihar and Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister by default and as a result of the circumstances.
He also wasted no time in taking a shot at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi saying the former Deputy Chief Minister was a 'light leader' and was not someone to be taken seriously.
Shahabuddin, after spending over a decade in Siwan Jail where he led a fairly luxurious life with television set in his room and freedom to meet with visitors, mostly RJD leaders, even outside the visitation hours, was shifted to Bhagalpur Jail last May following the chilling murder of a Hindustan reporter Rajdeo Ranjan.
As reported before, Ghafoor, the Minority Welfare Minister in the Nitish cabinet, had visited Shahabuddin in Siwan Jail last March reportedly to inform him that his days in prison were numbered and he would be a free man soon.
His visit had caused a controversy at the time with both RJD and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal – U denying the meeting had anything to do with his possible parole.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS