Notorious criminal and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and four-time party MP Mohd Shahabuddin was on Saturday morning released from Bhagalpur jail on a Patna HC order and proceeded to his hometown Siwan which is said to be gripped by fear and terror on the news of his release. A large number of supporters and party leaders had gathered at the jail gate to welcome Shahabuddin. He left the jail along with a caravan of around 600 vehicles.
“It was the court which had sent me to jail and now the court has released me…my release has got nothing to do with politics…judiciary has its own procedures”, said Shahabuddin. Earlier on Wednesday, the Patna High Court had granted bail to him in an eyewitness murder case.
He made it clear that that Lalu Prasad was his leader while “Nitish Kumar is a situational chief minister…circumstances had made him the CM”, he said. Charged in over three dozen cases of murder and kidnapping he has been languishing in jail for the last 11 years.
At Siwan welcome arches have been made to receive him. Sweets were distributed, firecrackers were burst at his native village Pratappur on his release. His wife Hena Shahab and aging father have expressed happiness over his release from the jail after such a long period. However, his victims have a different narrative. “We’re very scared now that Shahabuddin is returning.
There is the threat that he may also eliminate me and my wife,” said Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three young sons were allegedly killed by henchmen of Shahabuddin. Prasad, who used to be a businessman of Siwan town, now lives in penury with his bed-ridden wife Kalawati Devi and a physically challenged son for having defied Shahbuddin’s diktat.