MAHANTA'S WIFE ALLEGES ASSAULT 

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By FROM OUR BUREAU
  • Published 3.11.01
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New Delhi, Nov. 3 :    New Delhi, Nov. 3:  Jayashri Goswami-Mahanta, wife of former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, last night filed a complaint of assault against her husband at the Tughlaq Road police station in New Delhi. The former Rajya Sabha MP from Assam arrived at the police station around midnight bruised and bleeding from the mouth. She was immediately taken to the nearby Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for treatment. Joint commissioner of police Suresh Roy confirmed that Jayashri had lodged a complaint against Mahanta. But he added that before registering a case, the police would have to check the facts and get the medical report. According to sources close to the couple, Mahanta and Jayashri quarrelled over their son, who was being scolded by his mother. The sources said she was beating the child when Mahanta intervened. The focus then shifted from the son to the adults. The couple has been going through a difficult patch in their marriage. Mahanta is said to have married Sanghamitra Bharali, an employee of the Assam Assembly secretariat, in a hush-hush ceremony in Mumbai in March. Police are, however, unwilling to say more on a case where two VIPs are involved. Jayashri was not available for comment. Mahanta, who returned to Guwahati today, denied assaulting his wife. Talking to The Telegraph after a meeting with aides and a senior Assam police official, he said the allegation was "baseless". "Everything is being blown out of proportion," he said. "The problem is all my personal matters become public." One of Mahanta's close aides and former minister Moidul Islam Bora, who was present at the meeting, said: "Jayashri was suffering from some ENT ailments and the nasal bleeding she suffered last night could have been a result of that." Another Mahanta loyalist said the former chief minister, who is also the Assam Cricket Association president, in a letter of leave had cited "medical treatment" of his wife as the cause of his absence from the association. State home department sources said they had "information" about Jayashri's allegation and were "following it up". The sources said "in course of the follow-up", they had also tried to contact Bharali, but found that she had left for Calcutta. Bharali, who had levelled bigamy charges against the ousted AGP chief, had claimed that "the relationship between Mahanta and his wife Jayashri was not hunky dory".