Patna: Bowing to opposition demands, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into the killing of Ranvir Sena supremo Bramheshwar Singh. A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting Kumar had with top state police officials and home department officials at his residence on Wednesday morning.

State director general of police Abhayanand and principal secretary of home department Aamir Subhani also attended the meeting.

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"The chief minister has decided to hand over the murder case to CBI during the meeting", an official spokesman said.

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, LJP president Ram Vilash Paswan sand Bihar Congress had demanded a CBI inquiry to probe the killing. The Ranvir Sena chief was shot dead by gunmen while he was taking a stroll near his house in Khopira village in Bhojpur district on Friday last.

Talking to reporters at a function, the Chief Minister said the state government decided to recommend a CBI probe in deference to the sentiments expressed by 'Mukhiyaji's' kin who had conveyed their desire for an inquiry by the central agency to Patna Zone IG B Srinivasan on Tuesday.

The state government also took into account the demand for a CBI probe from various quarters, he said referring to the demand of opposition RJD, LJP and Congress, besides a section of BJP leadership and Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrawadi Kisan Sangathan (ABRKS), a pro-farmers outfit set up by the slain Sena chief.

"There was also a broad view among the senior officials attending the high-level meeting that the Ranvir Sena chief murder case be handed over to CBI," the Chief Minister said.

"The Home Department will write a letter to the Centre to communicate the state government's decision in this regard", Director General of Police (DGP) Abhayanand, who was present at the meeting, said.

Kumar said necessary formalities will be completed by the Bihar government at the earliest to clear the decks for the central agency to take up the probe into the case.

"If required, the DGP may meet the CBI Director to request the agency to take up the probe", he said.

He also lauded the DGP for handling the cases related to the Ranvir Sena chief killing as well as the violence in Ara and Patna perpetrated by the "alleged supporters of the private militia of the upper caste". The DGP had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to carry out the probe in a scientific manner and the probe was heading in the right direction, he said.

Besides Abhayanand, Chief Secretary Naveen Kumar and Principal Secretary (Home) Amir Subhani attended the meeting convened by Kumar to discuss the law and order situation, particularly in the backdrop of the killing of the Ranvir Sena chief and the subsequent violence and arson that had rocked Ara and Patna towns.

Meanwhile, Water Resources Department Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said, "The state government and the Chief Minister in particular have nothing to hide in the Ranvir Sena killing and the largescale violence that took place in Bhojpur and Patna districts in the aftermath."

Chaudhary said the state government and its agencies will provide all required assistance to the CBI to bring the culprits to book.

(Agencies)

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