Bihar Lawmaker’s Husband Escapes From Police Custody


Patna: The Nitish Kumar government, facing criticism by the opposition over the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar, has come under further attack after the husband of a ruling party lawmaker fled from police custody on Monday.

The accused Awadhesh Mandal, a dreaded gangster who faces dozens of criminal cases, including murder, extortion, kidnapping, rape and battering his own lawmaker wife, had been arrested on Sunday evening for allegedly threatening witnesses in a murder case.

Police arrested Mandal, husband of ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) lawmaker Bima Bharti, from eastern Bihar’s Purnia district on Sunday while he along with his accomplices was fleeing the scene after threatening witnesses in an 11-year-old murder case.

Police said the gangster, travelling in a cavalcade of four cars, reached the Purnia town-based residence of a widow and threatened her with dire consequences if she and other witnesses deposed in the court and gave their statements against him.

The gangster is an accused in the May 2005 murder of Chanchal Paswan, the widow’s husband, and the trial of the case is ongoing in the local court.

Read in Bengali:খুনি স্বামীকে লকআপ থেকে ছাড়ালেন বিধায়ক স্ত্রী