The Telegraph
Saturday , April 5 , 2014
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‘Fit’ Munna shifted to jail

Former JD(U) MLA Munna Shukla was shifted to Khudiram Bose Memorial Central Jail late on Thursday night after raids had led to recovery of a Wi-fi router in the presence of his supporters in his Sadar hospital room.

Sources said a team of doctors from the government Sadar hospital examined him twice on Thursday evening and found him to be fit. Subsequently, a team of police officers asked Munna to get ready to be shifted. Shukla, gauging the preparedness of the team, was forced to step out of his hospital room.

According to the police, Munna used to keep in touch with his supporters through the Internet and chalk out strategies to help his wife win the election. These activities of Munna, serving a life-term for the murder of former science and technology minister Brij Bihari Prasad, had compelled the administration of taking the decision of transferring him.

District magistrate-cum-district election officer Anupam Kumar had also received reports of Munna mobilising support and organising rallies from the Sadar hospital, in violation of the Election Commission’s model code of conduct.

District magistrate Anupam ordered senior superintendent of police Ranjit Mishra to transfer Munna from the hospital to jail. The superintendent of the prison, Jitendra Kumar, said Munna has been kept in a cell of the jail hospital as a precautionary measure.

Earlier, Munna’s wife Anu Shukla, a JD(U) legislator from Lalganj Assembly constituency, had threatened of resigning from the Assembly and party and if her husband was harassed by the district administration or be shifted to jail. Anu is in the poll fray as an Independent candidate from the Vaishali Lok Sabha seat and has started intensive campaigning in the area. The Dal has denied Anu a ticket to contest from Vaishali in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.