Ashwini Choubey's Son Wanted in Incitement of Communal Violence Surrenders

Arajit Choubey, son of Ashwini Choubey, the BJP leader, surrenders in Patna.

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Patna: Arjit Shashwat Choubey, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, surrendered before Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rakesh Dubey on Saturday night. He had been wanted by the Bhagalpur police in a case involving communal unrest in Nathnagar during the Ramanavami procession a few days ago,

Choubey's surrender came after a court turned down his and eight others' anticipatory bail on Saturday.

The son of the Union Minister, shortly after arriving in Patna on Saturday, went straight to the Hanuman Temple outside Patna Junction where he offered prayer to Lord Hanuman in the presence of dozens of his followers who rented the hall with the chant of 'Jai Shri Ram'.

Choubey then arrived at the office of ASP Rakesh Dubey where he surrendered himself while maintaining he was the victim of a conspiracy hatched by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders who, he said, were the ones who created communal disturbance in Nathnagar.

"I had neither run away nor have I committed any crime. If chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Jai Shri Ram' is a crime in this country and so is singing Vande Mataram then yes, I am guilty as charged," he said adding the real culprits were roaming free while he was being made the scapegoat in the Nathnagar incident.

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