Contrary to the claims of some BJP leaders, Bihar Police chief K.S. Dwivedi on Monday said father of a BJP worker was killed in Darbhanga district over a land dispute and not over naming of a square after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dwivedi told the media: "The killing of father of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker has nothing to do with naming of the square after Prime Minister Modi."
Over the last three days, Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai, Union Minister Giriraj Singh and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav had repeatedly claimed that the man was killed last week over naming of the square -- located on the outskirts of Darbhanga city -- after the Prime Minister.
Nityanand Rai had on Sunday said: "I led a team there along with Union Minister Giriraj Singh and spoke to the victim's family. We were told that Ram Chandra Yadav, the father of party worker Tej Pratap Yadav, was hacked to death by some miscreants. The family said there was a dispute over a board near the square naming it as Narendra Modi Chowk."
Giriraj Singh and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav had also claimed that the killing was related to naming of the square after Modi.
Interestingly, the version of these leaders was also at variance with that of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
Sushil Kumar Modi said: "Totally false that murder in Darbhanga took place over naming of sqaure after the Prime Minister. It was a case of land dispute. The board had been put up long back... Murder has nothing to do with it."