RJD leader Kedar Rai shot dead in Danapur district of Bihar
Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader in Bihar was shot dead here on Thursday by unidentified assailants, police said.
Kedar Rai was out on his morning walk in Danapur near here when the attack took place. A seriously injured Rai was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead by the doctors.
"It appears to be the work of a sharpshooter," a police officer added.
According to the sources, three shots were fired to Rai by the gunmen.
Rai, who was in his 50s, was considered close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
According to his family members, he had informed district police about a threat to his life and had even sought security cover. But the request was ignored, they said.
Angry over the incident, hundreds of Danapur residents shouted slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and staged a protest demanding the arrest of the killers.
Rai is the second RJD leader in Bihar to be murdered after Nitish Kumar formed the new JD-U-BJP government after dumping the Grand Alliance with the RJD and Congress in July end.
The police said that the investigation regarding the incident has been started and the culprits will be nabbed soon.
It may be mentioned that, Minhaj Khan was the other RJD leader, who was shot dead on July 29 last in Siwan district.
Khan was a popular youth leader and was said to be close to former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin who is currently in prison.