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Ekka speeds into FIR trouble

Ranchi, March 30: Jharkhand Party candidate from Khunti parliamentary seat Anosh Ekka is in trouble as the police have filed an FIR accusing him of “providing protection” in his vehicle to criminals accused of landmine explosions and murder.

The tainted Kolebira MLA, who is already facing changes in a disproportionate assets case involving former chief minister Madhu Koda, will not lose his candidature immediately — not until the charges levelled against him are established — but the incident may dent his vote bank ahead of the elections. Khunti goes to the polls on April 17.

The FIR was registered at Karra police station last evening following a go-ahead from senior police officers.

According to the complaint lodged, Ekka ignored police signal to stop for a security check near Kucchabari on Karra-Lodma Road around 11.30am on Friday and sped away in his car.

A senior officer said the police had a specific information that Jai Prakash Bhuiya, a murder accused, and Rajkamal Gope, an accused in landmine explosions, were travelling with Ekka.

“When police tried to intercept his car, Ekka did not ask his driver to stop and went straight to the party office on Torpa Road, about 35km from Kucchabari,” he added.

Bhuiyan is wanted in the killing of Nayeen Khan in October last year, while Gope is an accused in the landmine blasts that killed Murhu OC Praveen Kumar and injured two cops earlier this month.

Karra OC Hardev Prasad said the FIR against Ekka had been lodged under sections 212 (harbouring offenders) and 216 (harbouring offenders who have escaped from custody or who are facing arrest) of the IPC.

However, the police are treading cautiously for the case involves a legislator-cum-MP hopeful in Lok Sabha election season.

Khunti superintendent of police (SP) Anis Gupta said a senior officer would supervise the matter. “As the Karra OC is the complainant in the case, we have decided to get the matter supervised by a senior officer, before taking any further action,” he said.

Asked for more details, the SP said investigations were on and if the charges were proved, the MLA might face punishment under the same sections under which the two criminals were booked.

Ekka, who is busy campaigning, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

A Jharkhand Party worker predictably said: “Ekka has been falsely implicated in the case by political rivals. These are false allegations.”