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Crackers, slogans, cavalcade: Shahabuddin’s ‘unruly’ homecoming under lens

Officials said that the respective district administrations have lodged several station diaries in connection with bursting of crackers, vehicle processions, shouting of slogans and nuisance created by the cavalcade, besides non-payment of toll tax at Muzaffarpur toll plaza.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2016 17:19 IST
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Mohammad Shahabuddin being greeted by supporters after being released on bail after 12 years of imprisonment in Bhagalpur on Saturday.(PTI)

Former RJD  MP and Siwan strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin who was released on bail from the Bhagalpur jail last week could run into trouble soon, thanks to his army of supporters.

The huge cavalcade that followed the ex-MP from Bhagalpur jail to Siwan, bursting crackers and celebrating noisily, is under the police lens, with station diaries completed in all the districts en route the 256-km trip. 

According to sources in the police headquarters, the matter is being examined in the light of the terms of reference of the bail granted to the former RJD legislator.

"In case of violation of the bail terms, plea for bail cancellation may be taken before the court, as the government could not under any circumstance allow a reign of terror to return," said a senior police official. 

Officials said that the respective district administrations have lodged several station diaries in connection with bursting of crackers, vehicle processions, shouting of slogans and nuisance created by the cavalcade, besides non-payment of toll tax at Muzaffarpur toll plaza. The cavalcade of Shahabuddin,which was escorted by the police, violated procedure of toll plaza and passed without paying. 

In Siwan, supporters of former MP created nuisance after his bail petition was accepted. The town witnessed unruly scenes for three days continuously from September 8 to 10 with over 500 motorcycle-borne youths roaming the length and breadth of the town that sent ripples of panic among residents and business community. These youths, mostly triple riding on motorcycles, also shouted slogans in support of Shahabuddin, saying "Saheb aa rahein hain......hoshiyaar" 

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Shahabuddin’s supporters also burst crackers outside the house of Chandrakeshwar Prasad alias Chanda babu during the cavalcade procession. Chanda Babu’s three sons including Rajiv Roshan were killed by Shahabuddin’s goons. Rajiv was the eye witness in the murder of his two brothers gunned down on June 16, 2014, barely three days before deposition of his witness in trial court. Siwan administration has taken the matter seriously and lodged station diary in this connection.

On September 7, the Patna high court had granted bail to Shahabuddin and directed the chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Siwan that any attempt to terrorize the prosecution witnesses, or to tamper with the prosecution evidence, by, or on behalf of the petitioner, shall give liberty to the concerned court to cancel the bail bonds of the petitioner. 

It also instructed that one of the bailors must be a near relative and another having sufficient immovable property within the territorial jurisdiction of the court concerned and the petitioner shall remain present on each and every date during trial, and the default on two consecutive dates on his part, without any reason, shall disentitle the petitioner from privilege of bail. 

The high court had earlier rejected another bail petition on February 3 on the plea that the case had not been committed to the sessions court and the trial had not even commenced.

Shahabuddin who had more than 30 cases against him ranging from murder to extortion, had already rubbed Nitish Kumar the wrong way, describing him as “a chief minister of circumstances” and insisting that for him, RJD chief Lalu Prasad remains the overall leader.

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