An RJD legislator close to former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav came under the scanner on Saturday for “abusing” an IPS officer in Darbhanga, putting the spotlight back on alleged highhandedness by ruling party members in the state.
Though the incident took place a few days ago, it started generating a debate after a purported video clip of the confrontation went viral on social media. Local TV channels also aired the video of the incident, sparked by a traffic rule violation by MLA Bhola Yadav’s driver.
Last month, an RJD leader and her husband were arrested after their son shot dead a teenager in Gaya in a case of road rage. The youngster is also in jail. The incident had sparked nationwide outrage.
Watch | RJD MLA Bhola Yadav ‘abuses’ young IPS officer Santosh Kumar
Sources said that Bhola Yadav abused the young IPS officer Santosh Kumar who had pulled up the MLA’s driver for parking his SUV on the middle of the road near Bahera police station, around 15 km from Darbhanga.
The influential MLA is said to have lost his cool when his driver was asked by the officer of 2014 batch to remove the car as it was obstructing traffic movement. Besides, there was a ban on parking as a counting centre was set up nearby for the panchayat polls.
The video clip purportedly showed Yadav arguing with and abusing the SP. Some supporters of the MLA are seen pointing fingers at the cop in an intimidating manner.
Yadav was elected from Bahadurganj in Darbhanga in the district.
However, a police diary entry did not name anyone.
“Yes, there was some argument and an entry has been made in the station diary against unknown persons for creating obstruction in government work at Bahera police,” the police official said.
The officer, however, did not reply when asked why there was no mention of any person in the report.
Sources said the IPS officer is posted at the Bahera police station as a station house officer (SHO) as part of his training.
Bhola Yadav, however, denied abusing the IPS officer and termed the video footage “totally misleading”.
“I did not have any heated exchange of words with the young officer. Yes, he had asked the driver of my car to park it away from the police station and he had complied with it. I had stopped briefly at the location to meet some workers. I just had a small talk with the IPS officer and left.”