Bihar communal violence: Union minister Aswini Kumar Choubey’s son Arijit arrested | india news

Arijit Shashwat surrendered at around 12.30am outside the famous Mahavir temple near the Patna railway station.

Union minister Aswini Kumar Choubey’s son Arijit Shashwat was arrested from Patna previous Saturday midnight, per week after a Bhagalpur courtroom issued arrest warrant in opposition to him for “inciting communal violence” within the district, police stated.

Shashwat, who had contested the final meeting election from Bhagalpur constituency, nevertheless, claimed he had surrendered earlier than the police.

Bihar police chief Okay S Dwivedi stated Shashwat was tracked from Ara as he was making his solution to the well-known Mahavir Mandir within the coronary heart of the state capital.

Policemen had been deployed within the neighborhood of the temple to arrest him, he added.

“After getting details about his whereabouts, we begun surveillance. Bhagalpur police had been additionally right here (in Patna) with an arrest warrant,” Dwivedi stated.

In accordance with police, Shashwat had taken out a procession with out prior permission to mark the Hindu New Yr in Bhagalpur on March 17. Individuals raised provocative slogans that led to Hindu-Muslim clashes within the city wherein a number of individuals, together with two policemen, had been injured.

Bhagalpur Further District Decide-Four, Kumud Ranjan had rejected Shashwat’s anticipatory bail petition on Saturday night. He had moved the courtroom after an arrest warrant was issued in opposition to him and eight others on March 24.

After rejection of the bail plea, police sought an order for attachment of Shashwat’s property to exert strain on him to give up.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar was beneath intense strain to behave in opposition to Shashwat, a BJP chief, as a number of districts within the state witnessed a sequence of communal flare-ups because the Bhagalpur incident.

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Quickly after the arrest, Shashwat was taken to Patna’s Gandhi Maidan police station the place he was saved on the SHO’s chamber. Later he was whisked away to Bhagalpur by street for manufacturing earlier than the courtroom.

On Sunday morning, the courtroom remanded him to 14 days of judicial custody.

Calling the FIR in opposition to him false and fabricated, Shashwat stated he would method increased courts for justice.

“I’ve surrendered. I’ll quickly method increased courts for justice. The FIR in opposition to me is completely pretend,” he stated.

Shashwat had earlier refused to give up saying he was not a fugitive.

Shashwat’s spouse Vijeta Roy denied having any strain from the federal government on her husband and reiterated that her husband’s innocence could be proved.

The FIR was lodged in opposition to him and eight others with the Bhagalpur’s Nathnagar police station.

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