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CM brother gets bail

Ranchi, Sept. 19: Chief minister Babulal Marandi’s younger brother Nunulal, who allegedly manhandled an executive engineer of the building construction department on the Giridih court campus yesterday, has obtained bail while the engineer, Roshan Lal Sharma, has proceeded on a three-day leave and left Giridih.

Both Nunulal and Sharma had lodged FIRs at the Town police station. The engineer’s report was lodged through the chief judicial magistrate.

Reports from the chief minister’s home district said a strong undercurrent of anger prevailed in Giridih town against the alleged highhandedness of Marandi’s brother who was seen moving around today.

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While the charges pressed against Nunulal are bailable, those against the engineer are non-bailable, including an offence committed under the SC-ST atrocities Act. Nunulal has alleged that the engineer abused and demeaned him because he was an Adivasi, besides “threatening” to kill him.

Eyewitnesses, however, described Nunulal’s charges baseless aimed at framing the engineer in a case relating to the Atrocities Act.

In Ranchi, the Jharkhand Engineers’ Association took strong exception to the alleged behaviour of the chief minister’s brother.

Association general secretary Shivanand Rai told The Telegraph: “The incident is a slap in the face of the government. The engineer was manhandled while he was doing government work. The government should address the problem. We are gathering details of the incident and we will decide our course of action. But prima facie, it is a case of a government servant being prevented from performing his duties.” Sharma said.

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