6 arrested for attack on Sushil Modi's carcade

Hajipur/Patna
16 Aug 2017

Six suspected RJD supporters were arrested in connection with the attack on Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi's carcade in Vaishali district on Tuesday night.
The six are among the nine accused named in the FIR registered in connection with the attack, Vaishali superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar told news agency PTI. The FIR, also lodged against 100 unnamed persons, was based on the statement of a sub-inspector of Raja Pakar police station, the SP said. Search is on for the other accused. Sushil's carcade was attacked near Kala Pahar village last night when he was going to attend the "shradh" ceremony of the mother of former BJP MLA Achutanand Singh.
The incident occurred minutes after Leader of Opposition in the assembly and RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi Prasad Yadav's motorcade passed through the area, known to be an RJD stronghold. Narrating the incident, the BJP leader today alleged that a large number of RJD supporters pelted stones on his carcade damaging windshields of three vehicles. Many of them shouted slogans against him, surrounded his 'rath' (vehicle) and tried to get inside, he alleged. "Had my security personnel not been there, a big mishap could have happened," the senior BJP leader said.
Sushil said he was attacked because RJD supporters were "disappointed after power had slipped from their hands". "I cannot be cowed down. I will come out with documents to reveal more cases of corruption against Lalu Prasad and his family soon," he added. After Lalu Prasad had last night dismissed any role of his partymen in the attack, Tejaswi Yadav too denied Modi's charge today. "Since I am going to Bhagalpur to expose a scam in which crores of government money have been swindled, the chief minister is trying to stop me from going there," Tejaswi Yadav alleged in a statement.
The 'attack' was the result of a conspiracy, he said. "We are believers of Gandhiji. Violence is not our path," he said. JD-U Bihar spokesman Neeraj Kumar criticised the RJD for indulging in violence "out of frustration" over loss of power. On Tejaswi's assertion that the government of the day was trying to stop him from reaching Bhagalpur to expose a scam, Neeraj Kumar said, "It does look nice for one who himself is embroiled in corruption."  Congress state president Ashok Choudhary said the party condemns attack on politicians, "be it Rahul Gandhi or Sushil Kumar Modi".