Party cracks whip on Alam who allegedly misbehaved with a woman passenger aboard the Rajdhani Express while travelling without ticket

Patna : JD(U) legislator from Jokihat in Araria district, Sarfaraz Alam, who appeared before the Government railway police station here on Saturday evening was suspended from the party for alleged misconduct with a woman passenger in Diburgarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express train last Sunday night. He has also been charged by the railways for travelling without ticket in the premier train.

The national president of the party Sharad Yadav and chief minister Nitish Kumar summoned state party Chief Bashistha Narain Singh at CM’s house and asked him to suspend the former minister. Singh said Alam has been prima facie found involved in misconduct with a woman passenger which tarnished the image of the party.

He also said the former minister and party MLA from Purnia Ms Bima Bharti and JD(U) member of Lok Sabha from Prunia Santosh Kushwaha too would be suspended as they were found involved in facilitating escape of Awadesh Mandal, a notorious criminal from Maranga police station last week. “Government is awaiting the report of the DM and SP”, he said.

Mandal was re-arrested from a village in Naugachiya district on Friday. He is wanted in over 100 criminal cases including murder, loot and robbery lodged at different police stations in the state. Police had arrested him last week and put him at Maranga police station from where he had escaped in connivance with his MLA wife, Bima Bharti and party MP Santosh Kushwaha who had assembled at police station.

State JD(U) president said Nitish Kumar was conscious of his image as custodian of good governance and would not tolerate criminals in the party. RJD president Lalu Prasad welcomed suspension of the MLA from the party and asked Singh to expel him from the House and the party.

Alam, who is son of a former union minister of state for home and RJD MP from Araria, Md Tashalmuddin, appeared before the railway SP at GRP police station on Saturday evening. GRP submitted a list of over 100 questions before him. Alam had earlier claimed he did not travel by Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani express train, but GRP found evidences of his travel in A 4 coach of the train through CCTV footage, his mobile locations and statements of the RPF escort party and TTE of the coach who had told police the MLA had no reservation, but occupied berth no 3 in A 4 between Katihar and Patna junction.

A team of GRP had visited New Delhi and its leader Ms Rekha Kumari met the victim passenger-Inderpal Singh Bedi and his wife who confirmed MLA was in the berth next to theirs and misbehaved with them. They identified the MLA’s photo shown by the GRP officers who also met the fellow passengers of the same coach. GRP had issued summons to the MLA asking him to appear before Railway SP by Saturday evening at Patna.

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