DARBHANGA: Contradicting party's and police's statements, BJP leaders Giriraj Singh and Nityanand Rai on Saturday admitted that the beheading of the elderly man was over naming the chowk after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Main jaan raha tha ki chunav mein zeher boya jaa raha hai ek khaas samuday, dal ki ore se. Aaj wahi chunav parinaam ke baad, Teju Yadav aur unke parivar ke logon ne bayan diya ki Modi Chowk jabse usne banaya hai tabse uske upar aafat ka pahad toot pada hai. (I was aware that a certain community, a party has been trying to inject poison. Today, post-election results, Teju Yadav and his family narrated how after constructing Modi Chowk they've been dealing with a mountain of problems),” said Singh.
Reiterating similar views, Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai said, “People are saying that this happened because of naming of Modi Chowk. They may had a prior land dispute. It's separate incident which happened earlier and SP, DSP are trying to cover it by linking the two. We'll complain about police officials to government.”
The statements came a day after party colleague Sushil Kumar Modi, who's also the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, claimed the murder had nothing to do with naming the chowk after PM Modi. “Totally false that murder in Darbhanga cose of naming Modi http://Chawk.Case of land dispute.Board was put long back,Murder has nothing to do with Board,” he tweeted.
Totally false that murder in Darbhanga cose of naming Modi https://t.co/Vzjoj6xJaW of land dispute.Board was put long back,Murder has nothing to do with Board.
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) March 16, 2018
Seventy-year-old Ramchandra Yadav was beheaded by a mob in Bihar's Darbhanga on March 15. His elder son was also injured in the incident.
“Around 40-50 men came on 25-30 bikes with hockey sticks & swords. My father went to them to explain the situation, but was beheaded, they also tried to kill my brother,” said the deceased's son Tej Narayan Yadav, who's reportedly a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.
An investigation has been launched into the matter.
With ANI inputs