RJD Leader Locked up for Protesting Before CM's Residence

RJD leader Saroj Yadav being asked by police to take his dharna away from CM's residence.

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Patna: Security officials in Patna on Friday forcibly removed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator from Barhara in Bhojpur district Saroj Yadav and locked him up for the day after he refused to break his one-man protest outside the Chief Minister's bungalow to demand security protection for himself and his family members.

Yadav, who recently filed a number of FIRs against some unidentified men for physically assaulting his personal assistant and the brother-in-law of his elder brother along with a threat of extortion made to him with a demand of Rs. 10 lakh, chose to sit on a dharna outside the Chief Minister's residence on 1 Anne Marg to protest against the administration's refusal to provide him and his family members protection.

Arriving at his chosen spot at 10:00 am, the RJD legislator sat in the middle of the road in front of the Chief Minister's official residence and demanded a personal meeting with Nitish Kumar so he could talk to him directly about getting security cover for him and his family members.

The Sachivalaya police repeatedly asked Yadav to take his dharna elsewhere but the legislator refused to do so. Officials then forcibly put him in a police vehicle and transported him to the Sachivalaya police station where a case was registered against him. He was then transported to the Gardanibagh police station where was placed in the locker.

After cooling his heels in the slammer for about five hours, Yadav was let go at his own cognizance.

Talking to the reporters later, Yadav condemned his arrest saying he was carrying out a peaceful protest when the government's goons used force to remove him and lock him up in the police lock-up.


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