Patna, Jan 19: This will once again bring embarrassment to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is under attack for deteriorating law and order in Bihar. Reportedly, one of the dreaded gangster of Purnia region Awdesh Mandal escaped from prison in dramatic manner on Monday.
Mandal is husband of ruling Janata Dal(U) MLA Bima Bharti who was a Cabinet Minister in the previous Nitish regime as well as Jitan Ram Manjhi Government. Sources says that Bima Bharti may have plotted the whole script.
Purnea Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said that gangster who was arrested for allegedly threatening a witness in a case of murder escaped from the lock-up when his wife paid visited the police station.
Eyewitnesses said the escape took place when the legislator, along with Purnea MP Santosh Kushwaha, was in the police station and hundreds of supporters of Mandal surrounded the police station to help him flee.
Asked to comment on the presence of MLA and MP at the time of the escape, the SSP said it would be probed. Sub Divisional Police Officer of Banmakhi, Kundan Kumar, would probe the escape, the SSP said.
Criticising the state government in connection with the incident, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi asked whether the "attack on a police station by supporters of husband of a JD(U) MLA was not a case of free run to criminals".
Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi assailed Kumar over the incident and said his "claim of tightening law and order is dishonesty."
Meanwhile, JD(U) has said that party will investigate the matter and take action against the MLA if she will be found guilty.
(With inputs from agency)