JEHANABAD: In a major embarrassment for ex-Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi ahead of Bihar polls, his son Praveen Kumar was today detained by the police after he was allegedly found carrying Rs 4.65 lakh in cash in a car.
During routine checking of vehicles, the police intercepted a car at Gaya-Jehanabad check post near Umta village and seized Rs 4.65 lakh in cash from Manjhi's son Praveen Kumar who was on his way to Patna from Gaya, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Md. Ashfaq Ansari said.
Kumar was detained and taken to Makdumpur police station for questioning after he failed to give a satisfactory reply about the purpose for carrying the cash, he said. Senior police and civil officials have gone to Makdumpur police station to question Kumar, Ansari said.
Manjhi, the former chief minister, who is also the President of Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), is in New Delhi for seat-sharing talks with BJP.
The five-phase Bihar Assembly election will begin from October 12 and counting of votes will take place on November 8.
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Manjhi’s family being targeted as he is a ‘dalit’: HAM
PATNA: The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) on Sunday alleged that former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s family is being targetted as he is a dalit leader.
HAM spokesman Danish Rizwan criticised the Bihar Government for detaining Praveen Manjhi, the son of Jitan Ram Manjhi.
“The state government has asked intelligence and special branch officers to keep surveillance on Manjhi ji’s family because he is a dalit leader. We oppose this, Election Commission has to look into the matter,” HAM spokesman Danish Rizwan told ANI.
“A construction work is going on at his residence, and the collector of the region is troubling him on the directions of state government,” he added.
Praveen Manjhi was detained by the police today in Jehanabad after Rs. 4, 65,000 was recovered from him.
Praveen has been detained as the Model Code of Conduct is effective in Bihar ahead of the assembly polls.