How Lalu loyals got themselves jailed to assist him

How Lalu loyals got themselves jailed to assist him

Two aides take care of RJD chief's food, medicine

How Lalu loyals got themselves jailed to assist him

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

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

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

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

Cell service

While Madan 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 a valve transplant in Mumbai and is suffering from diabetes and hyper-tension, takes medicine 15 times a day. Once Laxman was inside the Birsa Munda jail, Lalu's family in Patna was sure that the RJD chief would 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 lawyer, who refused to be identified.

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