How Lalu's two aides managed to be 'jailed' so as to assist RJD chief

How Lalu's two aides managed to be 'jailed' so as to assist RJD chief

More trouble seems to be brewing for the incarcerated RJD chief Lalu Prasad as two of his close aides have 'managed' to be lodged in the same jail in which Lalu is behind bars.

According to police sources in Ranchi, Madan Yadav and Laxman Mahto, two of the close associates of Lalu, surrendered in the court on December 23, the day Lalu was convicted by a CBI court in the fodder scam case RC 64A/96 and lodged in Birsa Munda jail.

A local person in Ranchi, Sumit Yadav, lodged a police complaint at Doranda (in Jharkhand's state capital) alleging that Madan and Laxman snatched his Rs 10,000 after assaulting him. When the Doranda police refused to register an FIR, Sumit lodged an FIR at Lower Bazar police station. As soon as the FIR was registered, the duo - Madan and Laxman - surrendered before the court on December 23, which, in turn, repatriated them to Birsa Munda jail.

Call it a co-incidence or well-crafted design, as soon as Lalu was sent to Birsa Munda jail on December 23 evening, these two apprehended persons, who actually are RJD workers, were deputed for Lalu's assistance in the special jail cell.

While Madan originally hails from Ranchi, Laxman is Lalu's key aide from Patna who takes care of his food and medicine. It is said that Lalu, who has undergone valve transplant in Mumbai and is suffering from diabetes and hypertension, takes medicine 15 times a day. Once Laxman was inside the Birsa Munda Jail, Lalu's family in Patna was rest assured that the RJD chief will be taken care of properly.

"This episode proves that Lalu is a leader of feudal mindset and planned his aides' incarceration anticipating his jail term," said JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.

"We have learnt that Laxman was with Laluji in jail even when the RJD chief was imprisoned in 2013. Though it's a matter of probe how he managed to be jailed this time too, one thing is clear: This incident may have an adverse effect when the bail petition of Lalu would be heard either by the High Court or later by the Supreme Court," said a top-notch lawyer, refusing to be identified.

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