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Bandh to press for MLA arrest

Supporters of former Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Mukhiya held Bhojpur town to ransom on Monday to protest against police’s alleged partisan role in taking action against JD(U) MLA Narendra Kumar Pandey in an assault case.

A large number of activists of Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrawadi Kisan Sangathan, floated by Mukhiya a few years ago to bring the farmers of Shahabad region on a common platform, took out processions and blocked all important roads of the town. Traffic on the Ara-Patna, Ara-Sahar and Ara-Buxar roads linking the town to different parts of the state were completely paralysed since morning.

The supporters of the Sangathan, led by its national president, Indubhushan, also burnt the effigy of the Tarari MLA, Narendra Kumar alias Sunil Pandey, near Tribhuwani Kothi and forced the traders to down their shutters to support their demand for the immediate arrest of the legislator. However, trains and other emergency services were kept out the preview of the dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the Sangathan.

Pandey, who faces charges of murder, abduction, attempt to murder and extortion, was made a named accused in a case lodged with the Sahar police station in Bhojpur district. The ruling party leader and his supporters allegedly assaulted the complainant, Umakant Rai, an active member of the Sangathan, near Baruhi village on January 18.

Apart from the MLA, Shashi Choudhary, Santosh Pandey and the security personnel of the MLA were made accused in the FIR. However, the MLA was granted bail in the case. Infuriated over the police’s highhandedness, the Sangathan called the bandh.

Mukhiya’s son, Indubhushan, said the organisation was set to continue the fight against the ruling party MLA’s atrocities on the members of the outfit in the whole Shahabad region, comprising Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas and Kaimur districts. “Is baar aar-paar ki ladai hogi,” he told The Telegraph over the phone.

Indubhushan said the outfit would intensify its agitation if their demand was not fulfilled at the earliest. “We would soon chalk out a detailed plan to take the fight to a logical conclusion,” he said, adding that the district administration’s role in the entire episode would also be exposed.

Refuting the allegations, the four-time MLA, said his supporters had an altercation with the complainant after the latter hurled abuses at them. “I had gone to Baruhi village to discuss some development issues. The youths were inebriated. Some people have raised the issue just to gain political mileage,” the MLA said.

Bhojpur superintendent of police Satyavir Singh said the administration was alert and would not allow anyone to take law in their hands.

The two groups, headed by Pandey and Indubhushan, are preparing for a showdown ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The situation is tense in the district after the fresh clashes.