Saturday, October 17, 2020

Muzaffarpur police arrest woman candidate

Debashish Karmakar | TNN | Updated: Oct 18, 2020, 08:20 IST
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PATNA: One Bharti Devi, who has filed her 

nomination papers

 to contest the state assembly election from Minapur, was arrested on Saturday when she reached 

Muzaffarpur collectorate

 for scrutiny of her papers.

She was arrested for her alleged involvement in an 18-year-old case of 

Maoist violence

 lodged with Motipur police station in 


 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 husband 

Rohit 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

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