Patna, April 14: A medical board was constituted today to ascertain the scale of injury inflicted on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Nalanda, Pranav Prakash.
The AAP nominee was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted by a group of stick-wielding people near Utarthu village under the jurisdiction of the Bind police station in Nalanda district around 9pm on Sunday while he was returning to the party office after election campaign. Prakash was rushed to a Biharsharif-based hospital for treatment.
An FIR has been lodged with the Bind police station. But no arrests have been made yet.
Nalanda district magistrate-cum-district returning officer Palka Sahni said a medical board headed by the civil surgeon had been instituted to ascertain the scale of injuries inflicted on the AAP candidate during the attack. “The report of the medical board is awaited,” she told The Telegraph.
Sahni said a preliminary report obtained from the private nursing home where Prakash was admitted for treatment revealed that the injuries were not serious in nature. “Since we have formed a separate medical board, appropriate action would be taken after we get the report,” she said.
“We had provided him (Prakash) a body guard for security, which he refused,” the district returning officer said, adding that she had earmarked the policeman for the candidate’s security.
Nalanda superintendent of police (SP) Siddharth Mohan Jain visited the nursing home last night and enquired about Prakash’s health. “The statement of the victim has been recorded. Investigation is in progress and the culprits would be brought to book at the earliest,” the SP said.
Jain had to face the wrath of the AAP supporters when he visited the nursing home. “We immediately provided him with a bodyguard for his security. But he turned down the administration’s offer, saying it was against the policy of the party,” Jain quoted Prakash as saying.
“Prakash has not revealed the name of any suspect, making the task of the police difficult. But our men are on the job and we hope to get a breakthrough in the case soon,” the SP said.
Earlier, Prakash’s driver Amar Kumar told the police that his SUV was intercepted by a group of 25-30 people near Utarthu village. All the occupants were dragged out and bashed up. The attackers, who had covered their faces to avoid identification, held Prakash captive and left. Prakash was later found unconscious in a ditch.His three associates — Ravi Kumar, Pinku Kumar and Arvind Singh — also suffered injuries.
The state unit of the AAP today petitioned to the Election Commission of India, state chief electoral officer and the district returning officers of Patna Sahib and Munger Lok Sabha seats alleging that the voters of the two constituencies were being intimidated by some persons.