PATNA: One Bharti Devi, who has filed hernomination papers
to contest the state assembly election from Minapur, was arrested on Saturday when she reachedMuzaffarpur collectorate
for scrutiny of her papers.
She was arrested for her alleged involvement in an 18-year-old case ofMaoist violence
lodged with Motipur police station inMuzaffarpur
district, assistant SP (West) Syed Imran Masood told TOI over phone.
He said Bharti herself is a Maoist commander and is accused in at least eight cases of Maoist violence lodged with different police stations in Muzaffarpur district. “She is the daughter-in-law of Maoist leader Musafir Sahni, who was lodged in Beur jail at Patna and died during treatment at PMCH in August this year. Her husbandRohit Sahni
, also a Maoist leader, is in jail,” he said.
“Police allowed her to get the scrutiny of her nomination papers completed. Thereafter, she was taken to court as she had not secured bail in the 18-year-old case,” he said.
Masood said Bharti has filed her papers on the symbol of one Bhartiya Sanyukta Kisan Party. “She is accused in an FIR lodged with Motipur police station way back in 2002. The case is related to an encounter with Maoists in which weapons were recovered,” he said. Masood said she had secured bail in all the cases against her, except this one.
“Her background was verified two days back when she filed her nomination papers. Later, police came to know through sources that there was a case pending against her with Motipur police station and she was arrested on Saturday,” he added