A case has been registered against Nityanand Rai, MLA, in connection with the murder of Atul Kanan, son of former State Minister Motilal Kanan, in Hajipur, Vaishali district.

Unidentified persons gunned down Kanan late on Saturday night, sparking tension in the area on Sunday. The police are investigating the motive behind the murder.

They have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code against Mr. Rai and an unidentified person, Vaishali Superintendent of Police S.P. Choudhary told The Hindu.

Motilal Kanan was from the Samyukta Socialist Party and served as a minister.