Ranchi, Oct. 21: Birsa Munda Central Jail authorities, who are having a tough time handling the steady stream of visitors for former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, have sought a magistrate at the prison’s entrance for maintaining law and order.
“We have requested for a magistrate to be posted near the gate because people pick up arguments with constables if they are not allowed inside. The recommendation was sent to deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey’s office a week ago,” said jail superintendent Virendra Kumar Singh.
According to sources, the deputy commissioner’s office forwarded the requisition to additional district magistrate (law and order) D.K. Pandey.
Pandey confirmed having received it. “I have sent the same to sub-divisional magistrate’s (SDM) office,” he said.
SDM Ameet Kumar said he was yet to go through the file.
The jail officials had not demanded a magistrate till now as they were not sure whether one was actually required.
However, the need is strongly felt now with the crowd of visitors growing at the prison ever since the RJD chief came to stay there after his conviction in a fodder scam case on September 30.
Lalu, who is serving a five-year sentence, has been attracting a number of politicians, including President Pranab Mukherjee’s son and MP Abhijeet Mukherjee, senior leaders from RJD, Congress as well as other parties.
Around a week ago, there were unconfirmed reports of a tussle breaking out between Lalu’s aides and relatives of other prisoners when they objected to the preferential treatment given to the politician.