Gaya murder: JDU leader’s son arrested
Rocky Yadav, the son of a ruling party legislator Manorma Devi, who is accused in killing of a teenager in Bihar’s Gaya town, was arrested early on Tuesday, police said.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Malik confirmed to media the arrest. “He has been arrested, we will let you know more details soon.”
The 30-year-old was absconding after the incident, was arrested from Bodh Gaya, about 15 km from Gaya.
Yadav is the son of legislative council member Manorma Devi of the ruling Janata Dal (United) (JD-U).
Yadav allegedly shot dead Aditya Sachdeva, a teenager on Saturday night for overtaking his car on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road.
Earlier, Manorama Devi on Monday said he is likely to surrender in court soon.
“My son will surrender in court soon as he has been told that a murder case has been lodged against him. But I have no information about his whereabouts,” Manorma Devi told the media yesterday.
There was rumour about Rocky’s surrender in a Gaya court on Monday itself.
Meanwhile, normal life was badly hit in Gaya after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance called for a shutdown to protest against the fatal shooting of Aditya Sachdeva. The Bihar Chamber of Commerce also supported the shutdown.
Manorama Devi’s husband Bindi Yadav and his bodyguard — arrested on charge of criminal conspiracy and harbouring the accused — were meanwhile sent in 14-day judicial custody by a Gaya court, Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Malik said.
Rocky Yadav, 30, allegedly shot dead Aditya, son of a businessman, on Saturday night for overtaking his sport utility vehicle on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said his government will not spare anyone found guilty.
“Anyone found guilty will not be spared; the law will take its course and a manhunt is on for the accused,” he said.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad also demanded stern action in the case.
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav also assured of action against anyone found guilty.
Meanwhile, hundreds of slogan-shouting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers, including leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly Prem Kumar, took to the streets in Gaya district to demand Rocky’s arrest.
“The police must arrest the accused without delay and take convincing action in this case,” said Prem Kumar, who represents Gaya constituency in the assembly.
BJP workers asked shopkeepers to down shutters of their shops, burnt tyres, blocked roads and urged people to support the shutdown.
“It is a complete shutdown in Gaya. Vehicles are not running. People are angry with what happened to Aditya and his family,” Prem Kumar said.
He said the latest incident had vindicated his stand that “jungle raj” had returned to Bihar.
Police said preliminary investigation indicated that Rocky flew into a rage after Aditya did not let his Land Rover pass. The row led to shooting of the teenager.
The accused’s vehicle has been seized from his parents’ house, police said.
Bindi Yadav has a criminal record. He was earlier arrested after a huge cache of AK-47 cartridges was seized from his home.
The grand alliance of Nitish Kumar’s JD-U, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress are in power in Bihar.