Amar Jyoti, the Bihar in charge of Bhim Army’s Bharat Ekta mission in Bihar, on Wednesday filed alleged amendments to the prison manual against the state government’s order to release former MP and life sentence convict Anand Mohan and 26 others.
Amar Jyoti claimed in his Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that Nitish Kumar’s government altered the state’s prison manual to “favor criminals”.
The Bihar government’s order has drawn the ire of the Dalit community.
Anand Mohan, a former mobster-turned-politician who was released from prison on Tuesday, was convicted in 1994 of the murder of G. Krishnaiah, the former district judge of Gopalganj district, a Dalit IAS officer.
Krishnaiah reportedly died after his car was attacked during gangster Chotan Shukla’s funeral procession.
Anand Mohan was part of the procession and Muzaffarpur Police had charged him with provoking his followers into committing the crime.
Uma Krishnaiah, the widow of the slain Dalit IAS officer, called on the Bihar government to withdraw the decision, claiming it would set a bad precedent and have serious repercussions on society at large.
“We are not happy and believe it was a wrong decision. It shows how caste politics in Bihar affects such decisions. He is a Rajput and can help win Rajput votes. why else would the government release a criminal? He will be given an election ticket so he can win Rajput votes,” she said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati also strongly protested the Bihar government’s move to release Anand Mohan Singh.
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