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Ex-MP kin held

Lalan Singh, a cousin of former LJP MP Surajbhan Singh, was arrested from Bandar Bagicha on Thursday on charges of criminal intimidation and extortion from central public works department contractors.

Acting on a tip-off, an economic offences unit team raided Lalanís house in the Bandar Bagicha area under the jurisdiction of Kotwali police station and took him into custody. A Patna court had issued an arrest warrant against him about two months ago.

A senior police officer associated with the investigation said Lalan, a native of Mokama in Patna rural, was closely associated with a notorious gang headed by Shambhu and Mantu, arrested earlier from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. The two dons are now in Bhagalpurís Shaheed Jubba Sahni Central Jail.

The officer said a case was lodged against Lalan with the EOU police station in Patna on July 11, 2012, after he allegedly threatened a central public works department (CPWD) contractor to grab a particular tender for construction of a base camp of the Sashastra Seema Bal at Narkatiaganj in West Champaran.

Investigating officials were also probing Lalanís role in the murder of a CPWD contractor, Basant Singh, in the office premises at Punaichak in 2011. The Shambhu-Mantu gang patronised by Lalan have been blamed for the murder of several contractors, who dared defy their diktats.