A Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator’s son allegedly stabbed a man after failing to overtake him in Bihar’s Aurangabad late on Friday, ANI reported, triggering outrage and drawing attention to the state’s spiraling crime graph.
“He wanted me to follow his orders as his father is an MLA, but I said no and then he stabbed me,” the victim, Pintu Kumar, told ANI.
The incident comes roughly four months after a Janata Dal (United) MLA’s son was accused of killing a 18-year-old student during a tiff about overtaking on in Gaya.
Bihar is ruled by a Grand Alliance government, of which the RJD and JD(U) are principal constituents.
But the RJD MLA, Virendra Sinha, denied the charges, saying the other man was a criminal and was trying to abduct his son with the possible intention of murder.
“There is no question of my son stabbing him, you can ask people present there,” said Sinha.
The incident will likely embarrass the government and embolden opposition parties who accuse chief minister Nitish Kumar of losing his grip on law and order. The incident may also deepen the fault lines between the JD(U) and RJD – who have sparred recently over Bihar’s liquor prohibition and the release of strongman Shahabuddin from jail.
Kumar won a crushing victory in polls a year ago but has since grappled with mounting crime and allegations of rape and murder against members of his party or coalition partners.