Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said his government will not spare anyone found guilty of the killing of a teenager in Gaya, allegedly by a JD-U legislator's son, as no one is above the rule of law.
"Any one found guilty will not be spared; the law will take its course and a manhunt is on for the accused," he told the media in his reaction to the killing of the teenager in Gaya town.
Nitish Kumar said no one can stop criminal incidents but action has been taken against people found guilty of them in Bihar. "This is the real rule of law... when action taken against criminals," he said.
He said nobody can be allowed to take the law in their hands. "We have directed police officials concerned to take strict action and nobody can escape the law, whoever he or she may be."
Rocky Yadav, 30, allegedly shot dead Aditya Sachdeva, the teenaged son of a businessman, on Saturday night for overtaking his car on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road.
The son of legislative council member Manorma Devi of the ruling Janata Dal (United), he is absconding after the incident.
His father Bindi Yadav, a criminal-turned-politician, and his bodyguard were with Rocky in the car.
BJP attacks Nitish
Taking a dig at Nitish Kumar, Telecom Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters outside parliament that the chief minister nurtured the ambition to become the prime minister but was letting law and order in Bihar slip out of control.
"There is no vacancy for the prime minister's post for many years. Nitish Kumar, please focus on governance in Bihar," Prasad said.
Several Bharatiya Janata Party members raised the issue of law and order in Bihar in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, particularly highlighting the killing of Aditya Sachdeva on Saturday by Rocky Yadav, the son of ruling Janata Dal-United's legislator Manorama Devi.
As BJP members Ashwini Choubey (Bhagalpur) and Janardan Singh Sigriwal (Maharajganj) raised the issue, they faced protests from members of the Nitish Kumar-led JD-U and Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
While Sigriwal cited Aditya's murder, Choubey said there was a rape incident lately at Sultanganj near Bhagalpur as the state is moving towards "jungle raj".
"Since the formation of this government, crime is increasing every day. Recent example is of Gaya, where a teenager was killed for just overtaking (the SUV of accused Rocky Yadav). The law and order is at its worst in the state," Sigriwal said while raising the issue during Zero Hour.
Choubey said: "A few days back, supporters of an RJD MP robbed in Sultangunj and an attempt was made to rape a woman. Her father was shot at. Jungle raj is back in the state. Political murders are occurring."
Rajesh Ranjan (Pappu) Yadav, an expelled RJD member, also expressed concern over what he said was the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar.
He demanded that the state government be dismissed.
"In Nalanda, the home district of Nitish Kumar, an 8-year-old child was kidnapped. Criminal incidents have reached a new high ever since this government took over. This government must be dismissed to save Bihar," he said.