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Shahabuddin keeps administration on its toe

Written by: Staff
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Siwan, May 10 : The Siwan administration had to face problems from incarcerated RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, who allegedly beat the jail superintendent late last night and reportedly threatened him with dire consequences if his demands were not met.

Official sources said here today that the high voltage drama began late last evening over some issue inside the jail premises and continued till this morning.

According to sources, the situation became volatile when Shahabuddin was being examined for his backache by a team of doctors and orthopaedic surgeons. The controversial MP reportedly manhandled and beat the jail superintendent Lalan Prasad when the latter refused to oblige with his undue demands as it were against the norms of the jail.

Soon after getting the information, the District Magistrate S K Mull, accompanied by the Police Superintendent, rushed to the jail at around 2230 and pacified the MP. However, it took the night for him to convince Md Shahabuddin, sources added.

Mr Mull, who came out of the jail 0730 hrs this morning told newspersons that following some confusion and misunderstanding, the scuffle took place between the MP and the jail administration.

The matter had been resolved, he added.

Mr Mull ruled out filing of an FIR by the jail superintendent in this connection and claimed Md Shahabuddin had not threatened the jail superintendent with dire consequences.

He said all the demands of the incarcerated MP had been fulfilled and he had been given a separate room inside the jail.

Meanhwile, sources said that Shahabuddin late last evening shifted some of the prisoners of 'his choice and his staunch supporters' near his cell at his own by chasing away other prisoners from there. The scuffle took place when the jail superintendent objected the move of the MP. Sources said the MP reportedly beat the jail superintendent and the Subdivisional police officer and allegedly threatened the former with dire consequences.

When asked about the threats, the jail superintendent refused to comment, saying that when the DM had abstained from making any statement, it would be improper for him to speak any thing on the matter.

Md Shahabuddin was shifted to Siwan jail from high security Bhagalpur central jail under the guard of Special Task Force(STF) and Commando force on May 7 to enable the district administration to produce him in court especially constituted for the speedy trial of cases he faced.

Owing to his ill health, Shahabuddin, however could not be produced before the special court in Siwan on Tuesday.

The decision to shift Shahabuddin to Siwan from Bhagalpur jail had trigerred controversies as the District Magistrate of Siwan had apprehended administrative trouble, specially in the coming Panchayat elections.

The use of a private owned luxurious car by the administration to shift Md Shahabuddin from Bhagalpur jail to Siwan jail invited fresh trouble for the administration with an inquiry being set up in the incident. The luxury car belongs to a close relative of an RJD leader.

Meanwhile, sources at the state headquarter said in Patna that the government was committed to complete the trial in all the cases involving Md Shahabuddin, who was facing over 40 criminal cases. MD Shahabuddin was externed from Siwan during the Assembly elections held in February and again in October-November. After his arrest following a red corner alert in view of the non bailable arrest warrant issued in connection with the criminal cases filed after STFs raid at his native village Partapur in Siwan on April 24, 2004, he was shifted to Bahagalpur central jail from Siwan for six months.

The MP was lodged in Bhagalpur central jail to prevent any attempts by him to influence the polling during the Bihar Assembly elections held in October-November 2005.

The term of six months of Md Shahabuddin in Bhagalpur jail expired on May 6. He was then shifted to Siwan jail amid tight security arrangements.

The RJD MP was arrested in November 2005 in New Delhi by a special team of Siwan police headad by a young woman cop Gauri.

However, due to his political clout, he managed to escape from the hands of Bihar police on several occasions.

Earlier, eight cases were registered against Md Shahabuddin under various charges of Arms and Explosives Act, Wild Life Protection Act, Foreign Currency Act and other charges including pilferage of electricity and others after a raid conducted at Md Shahabuddin's residence at Pratapur.

Pakistan made sophisticated fire arms, Night vision device, Foreign currencies, stolen vehicles, live deer and skin of deer were recovered during the raid.

UNI

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