New Delhi: Notorious gangster Mohammed Shahabuddin who was serving life term in connection with a number of criminal cases in Bihar died at a Delhi hospital on Saturday where he was moved to get treatment for Coronavirus.

The former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Siwan was shifted from Delhi’s Tihar Jail to the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital a few days ago after he was reported to have contracted the virus.

He died of complications related to the Covid-19, hospital officials confirmed.

Despite his lifelong history of violent crime including murder, abduction, violation of Arms Acts etc., Bihar leaders condoled his death with words usually reserved for giant leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Sardar Patel.

“This is a tragic news and we are all pained by the sudden demise of the former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader. May God give him place in the heaven and help the family members strength to cope with this loss. Mr. Shahabuddin’s death is a huge loss for the party and the entire RJD family mourns his death with his family members and loved ones,” tweeted RJD de facto leader Tejaswi Yadav.

Another criminal-turned-politician and former RJD MP Pappu Yadav also expressed his condolence on the death of Shahabuddin.

“Corona, in the end, took the life of Shahabuddin Ji but he was more a victim of the system that used him, abused him, and when he served no purpose, abandoned him to deal with his troubles all by himself. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Yadav wrote in a tweet.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed his condolence on the passing away of Shahabuddin.

“Mr. Shahabuddin was an MP from Siwan for a long time. May he rest in peace,” Kumar said while urging his family to have strength to deal with the loss.