Shahabuddin Moved from Siwan to Bhagalpur Jail

File photo of former RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin (center) recently seen with Bihar Minister Abdul Ghafoor in Siwan Jail.

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Siwan: Siwan don and former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammed Shahabuddin on early Thursday morning was shifted from Siwan Jail to Bhagalpur Jail after his name was linked to the assassination of Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan that took place last Friday evening.

Shahabuddin's transfer amidst heavy security to Bhagalpur Jail came just hours after IG Prison Anand Kishore issued a notification to that effect on Wednesday night.

Police had earlier raided Siwan Jail and had found several cell phones and other objectionable items from several cells. Authorities, however, did not reveal whether a cell phone or any other item was recovered from the former RJD leader's cell.

Sources have said that Ranjan, a Hindustan bureau chief in Siwan, was ordered to be killed by none other than the former Siwan MP currently serving a life term in a host of criminal cases.

In spite of being behind bars for nearly a decade, Shahabuddin has been able to manage his criminal empire with the support of some RJD and Janata Dal – U leaders who have treated him with a kid's glove while turning his jail cell into a virtual pilgrimage.

Earlier this year in March, Bihar Minority Affairs Minister and an RJD leader, Abdul Ghafoor was caught dining with the former Siwan MP inside Siwan Jail.

When asked about his visit, Ghafoor, who was seen holding a cell phone in his hand against the jail rules, downplayed his visit saying he happened to be in Siwan that day so he decided to stop by and say hello to Shahabuddin.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had also shrugged off the whole incident blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 'trying to stir up controversy over a minor episode'.

"It is in the culture of Bihar to treat guests with snacks and sweets. What's so wrong about it?" he had said in defense of Ghafoor.

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