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Ex-cop eyes BJP ticket

Jamshedpur, Aug. 11: First policing then cricket and now politics. The president of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), Amitabh Choudhary, is ready to contest the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat with a BJP ticket.

An IPS officer of the 1985 batch, Choudhary recently emerged as one of the contenders for the Jamshedpur seat in the ensuing elections.

Sources close to Choudhary revealed that he is also “in touch” with BJP leaders of the state and the Centre.

“He has met L.K. Advani and was present at the last rites of BJP president Rajnath Singh’s father-in-law in Palamau,” a source said.

Choudhary contested for the JSCA presidential post in 2004 against former home minister Sudesh Mahto and won it by 100 votes. One of his aides said some prominent BJP leaders from Jharkhand are also in favour of Choudhary’s candidature.

Though Choudhary was silent on his poll move, he admitted that he is in touch with some BJP leaders.

Besides heading the East Singhbhum police from November 2000 to September 2002, Choudhary was also the superintendent of police of several places in Bihar and Jharkhand.

He earned popularity as Ranchi senior superintendent of police after arresting gangster Sunrinder Bangali from Calcutta.

Choudhury has also worked as a graduate trainee in Tata Steel after graduating from IIT Kharagpur.

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