Leader of BJP, son beat up journalist

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By RAMASHANKAR
  • Published 28.01.12
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Patna, Jan. 27: A BJP leader and her son, along with their driver, allegedly assaulted a senior journalist this morning around 10.30 on the premises of Char Minar Apartment at Rajendra Nagar. Worse, Kadamkuan police tried to hush-up the matter instead of taking action against the accused.

The journalist, Amarnath Tiwary, and the accused, Madhu Verma, are residents of Char Minar Apartment.

Tiwary, associated with a national English daily, accu sed Madhu, her son, Rituraj, and their driver of assaulting him when he was monitoring watering of plants in the apartment’s park. When other residents, including Basant Kumar Singh (a retired bank official), tried to intervene, they were also assaulted.

Tiwary was rushed to Gardiner Hospital. He was discharged after being administered first aid. Eyewitnesses said some aides of Rituraj also beat up Tiwary.

Sources said the station house officer of Kadamkuan police station, Jyoti Prasad, tried to convince the journalist against lodging a complaint against Verma, her son and their driver. Prasad appeared reluctant to take action against the accused, said the sources.

Tiwary said: “The police have failed to give me the FIR number.”

Deputy superintendent of police (Town) Ramakant Prasad said counter-complaints had been lodged in connection with the incident. “Investigations are on,” he said.

The senior journalist told The Telegraph that Verma was annoyed with him ever since he raised the issue of mismanagement at the general body meeting of the apartment’s association on November 13 last year.

Tiwary said: “Total 38 flat owners out of 51 complained in writing against two officer-bearers then — Arun Kumar Verma (secretary), the next-door neighbour of Madhu, and Hari Narayan Singh (president). A separate committee was formed to look after the apartment affairs.

“This could be one of the reasons behind the attack,” Tiwary said, adding that he had informed senior police officers about the threat to him and other apartment inmates from Madhu, said to be a teacher in a women’s college in the city.

Madhu evaded reporters. Some flat owners, close to Verma, claimed that fuel was stolen from her vehicle on Thursday night. “When Rituraj went downstairs to inquire about the matter, he was told to lodge a complaint with the police. This led to a verbal duel,” a flat owner said.