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Yashwant vows not to seek bail

Hazaribagh, June 4: Former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha has said he would not apply for bail and demanded unconditional release from prison where he has been lodged in connection with a BJP protest against power cuts.

Sinha, who was remanded to 14-day judicial custody yesterday by a Hazaribagh court for leading a group of BJP workers who allegedly misbehaved and manhandled a senior power board officer, said he was never afraid of going to jail.

The former Hazaribagh MP has been lodged in Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail, along with 53 BJP workers.

Sinha also received support from senior party leaders Raghubar Das, Deepak Prakash and Sarayu Roy who met him in jail today while BJP men sat on a dharna in front of the power board office at Jullu Park, on NH-33 at District More and on GT Road at Barhi Chowk for over two hours in the morning.

“I will not accept bail as my party workers did no wrong. We raised issues concerning people. Why does a village like Besh Resham, only a few kilometres away from town, lack a power? I tried my best, but power officials were indifferent,” Roy quoted Sinha as saying.

Sinha’s son Jayant, the new BJP MP from Hazaribagh who was in Delhi to attend Parliament, wrote in a Facebook post that he was in touch with partymen.

“The state government should explain how the electricity situation can be fixed in Hazaribagh,” he demanded.

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