Mohammad Shahabuddin

A file picture from the ’90s shows the politician with his henchmen

Mohammad Shahabuddin with supporters in Siwan after his release

Photograph by Sonu Kishan

An alleged sharpshooter of jailed former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, in police custody. Aftab, who is allegedly involved in at least 20 cases of robbery and murder, was apprehended on a tip off on Oct 8, a senior police officer said. A firearm was recovered from him.

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Saturday 5 November
After eluding law for nearly three months despite a nationwide alert, controversial RJD MP from Bihar Mohd. Shahabuddin was arrested from his official residence here in a dramatic manner in pursuance of warrants against him in several cases of heinous crimes. Wanted in more than 30 criminal cases of kidnapping, murder and arms act, Shahabuddin was nabbed by a team of Bihar Police and Delhi Police during a raid based on a tip-off that he had arrived in the capital. The Siwan MP, who has never lost an election, was externed from the district last month till December 20 by District Magistrate S K Mal apprehending breach of peace during the ongoing Bihar elections. His name was also deleted from the voters list for remaining absent from the place of residence for more than six months as per the instruction of the Election Commission.

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Lok Sabha MP Mohammed Shahabuddin gestures as he speaks to the media after his release from Beur jail in Patna. Overriding the order of the Siwan District Magistrate, Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi today directed that the controversial MP be released from the high security jail. Siwan District Magistrate C K Anil had issued the order detaining Shahabuddin in judicial custody till February 28, when the "election process" would be complete. Shahabuddin was also banned from visiting the district for one year.

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The long arms of law finally caught up with controversial RJD MP Mohd Shahbuddin. Shahbuddin was awarded life sentence by a Siwan court for kidnapping a CPI (ML) worker eight years ago. Shahabuddin has over 30 cases, including those of murder, attempt to murder, possession of illegal arms of foreign make, unaccounted foreign currency and violation of Wildlife Act pending against him.

And the criminals in jails were most wanted. Those who are Lok Sabha members, that is. Every vote counted. Escorted straight out of jail to the portals of parliament were Syed Shahabuddin and Pappu Yadav, both Lok Sabha MPs of Laloo Prasad’s RJD from Bihar. Also keeping them company were Ateeq Ahmed and Suraj Bhan from Bihar.

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Saturday 5 May
In yet another setback to controversial RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin, a local court holding trial inside the Siwan Jail convicted him of kidnapping a CPI-ML worker eight years ago but acquitted him in two other cases. Additional District and Sessions Judge Gyaneshwar Prasad Srivastava pronounced Shahabuddin guilty under Section 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) of the Indian Penal Code in the case relating to kidnap of CPI-ML worker Chhote Lal Gupta on February 7, 1999, saying 'the circumstantial evidences against him were overwhelming that clearly established his guilt in the case'. Shahabuddin was the only person named accused in the FIR as others involved in the kidnapping were unknown and the prosecution could not establish that the kidnapped man was murdered as his body was never recovered. The Lok Sabha MP from Siwan, already serving two year imprisonment in a case of attack on CPI-ML office at Kurmabad in 1998, was however acquitted in two other cases-- one related to exploding bombs at the local DAV College on September 10, 1988 and the other for assaulting a spinning mill employee on March 21, the same year. Only two days before the judgement, an FIR was filed against the MP for "threatening" the jailor of the Siwan jail where he is currently lodged. Shahabuddin has over 30 cases, including those of murder, attempt to murder, possession of illegal arms of foreign make, unaccounted foreign currency and violation of Wildlife Act pending against him.