Just one day after the Income-Tax department conducted searches at 22 locations in Delhi NCR in connection with alleged benami lands deals involving Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family, clashes were reported by news agency ANI between the RJD cadre and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters in Patna. Responding to this, BJP leader Bhupender Yadav said his party workers were protesting peacefully and that the ‘gundagardi’ outside the BJP office will be dealt with. “Our workers are peacefully protesting, ‘gundagardi’ outside BJP office will be dealt with,” Bhupender Yadav was quoted saying by the agency. Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi responded by saying that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable while speaking to news channel NDTV.
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Yesterday, the Income-Tax department had conducted raids in 22 locations alleging investments worth Rs 1000 crore into shell companies and benami land deals. “We are carrying out the searches and surveys. the companies being probed are shell companies in which Lalu and his family members are directors or have some link. The 12 people who are being searched also are directly or indirectly related to investments in these shell companies,” an I-T official was quoted saying by The Indian Express.
Reacting to these raids, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar told news agency PTI, “As per the media reports we have got to know that raids have been carried out at 22 places… But we don’t know where those raids are taking place and what is the purpose behind them. What can I say till I get to know the details.” Meanwhile, Lalu Yadav said it was an attempt to silence him. “BJP mein himmat nahi hai ki Lalu ki awaz ko daba sake…Lalu ki awaz dabayenge to desh bhar me karoron Lalu khare ho jayenge… Main gidarbhabhki se nahi darne wala hoon (BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice … If it tries to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalu will stand up in the country. I am not scared of empty threats),” he tweeted.