Days after a JD(U) leader from Nalanda was arrested from his house in Lohra village under Harnaut block for storing 168 bottles of liquor, the case has taken a new turn with four villagers being booked for criminal conspiracy against the leader.
Chandrajit Sen alias Moti Singh, a former Harnaut block president of the JD (U), was arrested on August 30. After the arrest, Nalanda DM and SP personally started monitoring the case and even visited the village. The excise sub-inspector, who had conducted the raid, has also been arrested for “conspiring against the Nalanda leader”.
With the incident pitting the excise department against the Nalanda police and the district administration, the BJP accused the Nalanda administration of “favouring the ruling party leader from Nitish Kumar’s hometown of Harnaut”. The raid at Sen’s house was conducted by Nalanda Excise Sub-Inspector Deepak Kumar, who was informed about the liquor stock by a Lohra villager, Sumendra Singh.
On September 2, an FIR was lodged on the complaint of Harnaut BDO against four Lohra villagers — Sumendra Singh, Siddhewar Prasad (cousin of Chandrajit Sen), Mahendra Kumar and Vinod Chaurasia — for forgery and criminal conspiracy against Sen. The name of arrested Excise SI Deepak Kumar would be added in the FIR, said Nalanda SP Kumar Ashish.
The police have also raised questions on the functioning of the Excise SI, who was reportedly in touch with informant Sumendra Singh since August 23, but conducted raid on August 30.
The excise department, meanwhile, “expressed displeasure at the intervention” of Nalanda administration and over the alleged targeting of excise officials. Six excise officials have so far been questioned over alleged “conspiracy to frame” Sen. Sources said a top department official conveyed his displeasure to the chief secretary.
Excise Principal Secretary KK Pathak, in a letter to Nalanda Excise Superintendent on September 2, wrote: “The findings of Nalanda collectorate only say that excise SI Deepak Kumar had been in touch with informant Sumendra Singh. It is very difficult for an excise officer to differentiate between information being given out of personal enmity or for any good intention.” He said since a case had been lodged, “who framed whom is the job of judiciary. So it is desirable not to interfere with judicial process.”