The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to seek a court order to conduct a lie-detection test on the suspects of the murder case of Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan who was shot dead on 13 May.

The CBI, which had taken over the murder case in September, is likely to seek permission to conduct the lie detection test on Mohammad Javed and Kaif who had surrendered before the agency.

 “The two suspects are giving contradictory statements and are trying to dodge questions. They have not been cooperating with us which is why we might seek a court order for a lie detection test on the suspects,” an agency source said.

An eight-member team of CBI has been camping in Siwan for the past one month and have questioned close to 50 people in relation to the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan and have also recently dispatched a team of forensic experts from its Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to assist the sleuths who are camping in Siwan.

 “We are looking into every aspect of the case, including the involvement of political leaders, as has been  alleged by the relatives of the deceased. Forensic examinations and analysing of call detail records of certain individuals who are linked to the case have revealed some vital clues that were not found out before. We are very much sure of breaking this case soon,” the agency official stated.

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Bihar police had carried out the initial investigation in the murder case and the Central Bureau of Investigation has also sought clarifications on some issues from the Bihar police.

“They have been cooperating with us and unlike some reports, we are getting the required assistance from them,” the official added.

Ranjan, the bureau chief of Hindustan Hindi daily, was shot dead by criminals near a fruit market in Siwan district on 13 May. The family members of the deceased journalist had alleged the role of RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin in the murder case and they had taken his name before the police while lodging the FIR, but the Siwan police did not include him in the FIR. Shahabuddin has denied his role in Ranjan’s murder.

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