In Bhagwat Nagar, even the dead rebel!
PATNA CITY: Is it possible that three persons who died a few years ago could be involved in hooliganism? The police, investigating violence by Bhagwat Nagar residents believe, that it’s possible. Or why would it include their names in its FIR?
Additional commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation, (PMC) Radha Mohan Prasad lodged a case a case (220/12) with Agamkuan police station against 86 persons under sections 147, 148, 149, 323, 327, 332, 333, 337, 427, 35 and 353 of the Indian Penal Code.
They have been charged with provoking violence, obstructing officials, destroying government propertiy and contempt of the order of Supreme Court besides others.
On September 26, four persons, including Prasad, executive engineer Anil Kumar and two other employees had a miraculous escape after irate people torched their government car.
Later, the officials of PMC and the district administration had to beat a hasty retreat in the face of stringent protest by enraged residents of Bhagwat Nagar, Jaiprakash Nagar and Adarsh Nagar who are stalling a Supreme Court order to demolish 336 houses and clear ‘encroached area’.
PMC commissioner Pankaj Paul said, he was unaware of the deficiencies in the FIR. “The FIR has been lodged on the basis of recommendation by the police.”
On the other hand City SP Jayant Kant said, “Everything will be clear once police investigations are completed.”
President of Adarsh Bhagwat Jaiprakash Nagar Sangarsh Morcha, Saroj Kant Tripathi said, “We are stunned to know that PMC officials lodged an FIR against the persons who are dead and gone. Late Deena Nath Tiwari, a retired officer attached to Bihar School Examination Board, had died in 2003 but is an accused. Two women named in the FIR, Chinta Devi and and Sita Devi died some years ago,” he asserted.
He said, “my elder brother Surya Kanty Tripathi, ASM at Fatuha railway station, has also been made a named accused in the FIR, despite the fact, that he was on duty at the time of the incident on September 26.
The story does not end here. Girija Prasad, a disabled person has also been named as an accused. He has not stepped out of his house in the last three years,” Tripathi added.
Meanwhile, men, women and children continued their dharna under the banner of Morcha near the Amarnath temple for the fourth consecutive day in protest against the move to demolish the houses.
Bhagwat Nagar residents sitting on a dharna.