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MLA hurls assault charge on officer

Patna, April 22: A senior BJP MLA Jawahar Prasad and a few other people’s representatives were allegedly roughed up by an assistant commissioner of the excise department and other officials at Sasaram in Rohtas district on Monday.

The incident took place when the MLA from Sasaram Sadar, Jawahar Prasad, along with ward councillor Binod Prasad and Mohammed Ali, the husband of Sasaram municipal board chairperson Nazia Khatoon, had gone to meet the excise department’s assistant commissioner, Anand Kumar, with a request to shift a liquor shop from Pratapnagar in Sasaram town.

Kumar could not be reached for comment in spite of repeated attempts.

The assistant excise commissioner reportedly lost his cool when the MLA told him that the shop would lead to anti-social activities in the locality. The MLA further stated that the licence of the shop had been given in violation of the prescribed rules as it was in the periphery of a government school.

Prasad, a four-term MLA of the BJP, said the matter turned for the worse when he told Kumar that the excise official would be held accountable for any trouble in the locality. “Upon this, the assistant commissioner stood up from his seat, caught me by my collar and pushed me to the ground,” the MLA told The Telegraph over phone from Sasaram.

The MLA alleged that the assistant commissioner also called other department officials, who hurled abuses on him and his men.

He said those who accompanied him were also misbehaved with and threatened with dire consequences. “I immediately informed the district magistrate about the incident,” Prasad said, adding that he would also apprise the chief minister and governor of the matter.

Kumar accused the MLA and some others of demanding donation for a “yajna” and causing hindrance in discharge of official duty.

Rohtas superintendent of police Vikas Berman said he has asked deputy superintendent of police Ashish Anand to probe the allegations. “We have received written complaints from both the parties,” said station house officer of Sasaram Modal police station Md. Arshad.

Prasad is the only MLA who goes to the Assembly by foot from his official residence.