Lalu Prasad Yadav in jail: A war of words erupted between RJD and JD(U) after news emerged that two aides of Lalu Prasad Yadav was present in the prison.
Lalu Prasad Yadav in jail: A war of words erupted between RJD and JD(U) after news emerged that two aides of Lalu Prasad Yadav was present in the prison. It has been learnt that Ranchi police have initiated probe into matter. It has been learnt that they have worked as his cook. They got themselves arrested in what appears a prima facie false case and served time in the jail where the RJD chief has been lodged after his conviction in a fodder scam case. Meanwhile, JD(U) accused Lalu of showing a ‘feudal’ mindset and allegedly ‘getting services of two supporters inside the prison’. RJD has dismissed the claims terming it as ‘coincidence’, and accused the ruling party in Bihar and its ally BJP of making an issue out of everything involving Lalu.
Ranchi’s DSP (City) Raj Kumar Mehta said, ‘Prima facie investigation suggests the two were arrested on the basis of a false case. We have summoned the complainant and are inquiring. If it turns out to be a false complaint, action can be taken against the complainant.” The duo, who were identified as Laxman Yadav and Madan Yadav, were sent to Ranchi jail for allegedly picking up a fight with a neighbour and snatching Rs 10,000 from him on December 23 last year. A special court in Ranchi had convicted the RJD chief the same day.
The JD(U) latched on to the news report to attack the RJD leader, with its spokesman Neeraj Kumar issuing a statement in Patna saying, “Prasad is a person with feudal mindset who could make his party workers go to any extent to serve his personal interest.” “This shows that Lalu Prasad’s commitment to social justice is a sham and he cares only for himself and his family members,” Kumar, a JD(U) MLC, said.
RJD spokesman Shakti Singh Yadav rubbished the allegation that Lalu “managed” to have his two aides behind bars to serve him, saying their presence in jail was “coincidental”, and that the two had criminal cases against them. The nature of offences for which they were in jail was, however, not clear yet. He asked those making the claim that Mahto and Yadav were serving Prasad in jail to come up with evidence to back it. “They (the accusers) should show any video footage of the two serving the RJD supremo,” Yadav, an RJD MLA, said.