New Delhi, May 26: Former Chief Minister of Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi had a miraculous escape on Thursday after his convoy was attacked by angry villagers in Gaya district.
Reportedly, the incident took place while Manjhi was on his way to Dumaria village to meet with the family of LJP leader Sudesh Paswan, who was murdered allegedly by Maoists on Wednesday.
As per news reports, villagers who were protesting against the murder of LJP leader, set one of the car of Manjhi's convoy on fire too.
A police official told that the villagers were angry over the delay by Manjhi, a local legislator, in meeting the family members of two brothers -- Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Sudesh Paswan and his brother Sunil Paswan.
However, Manjhi's party Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and the LJP, both allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), blamed the supporters of the ruling Grand Alliance of Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress for the attack.
LJP leader Sudesh Paswan and his brother Sunil Paswan were killed in broad daylight near Tola Dubat in Gaya, about 100 km from here, by Maoists on Wednesday.
Maoists also torched two cars and a motorcycle used in the campaigning in support of the slain LJP leader's wife, who is in the fray for the village chief's post.
(With inputs from IANS)