In Bhag­wat Na­gar, even the dead rebel!

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Mukesh K Mishra

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.

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