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PATNA: Former Gopalganj civil court public prosecutor Ramnath Sahu (69), who is representing JP Yadav in the triple murder case, had a narrow escape after criminals fired several rounds at his residence late Saturday night. One of the bullets hit his bedroom window.
His residence is on Ramnath Sharma road under Town police station area of Gopalganj. Police said the incident took place at around 11pm. They said two bike-borne criminals were captured in the CCTV cameras installed at Sahu’s residence.
RJD leader JP Yadav’s father Mahesh Chaudhary and mother Sanketia Devi were shot dead at Repura under Hathua police station area in Gopalganj on May 24. Yadav, along with elder brother Shantanu Yadav, had also sustained bullet injuries. Shantanu died during treatment.
Kuchaikot MLA Amrendra Kumar Pandey alias Pappu Pandey, his elder brother Satish Pandey and Satish’s son Mukesh Pandey are among the main accused in the triple murder case. Mukesh is also Gopalganj district board chairman.
Sahu told TOI over phone on Sunday that the firing took place to threaten and terrorize him. Sahu is also associated with RJD.
He said two criminals on a bike with covered faces had reached near his residence and opened fire. “I along with my family members rushed outside and found three empty cartridges and one live bullet. We were going to bed when the incidence took place,” he added.
Town police station SHO Prashant Kumar said Sahu has lodged an FIR in this connection. “He suspects the incident was to terrorize him for not opposing Mukesh’s bail plea in the court,” the SHO said.
Mukesh, along with father Satish and one Bateshwar Pandey are in jail in the triple murder case.
In less than 48 hours of the incident, the MLA’s close aide Shashikant Tiwari alias Munna Tiwari had been shot dead at Repura under Hathua police station area. The four killings had created in tension in Gopalganj.