The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance in Bihar faced further embarrassment on Thursday when a Congress party MLA – the party’s alliance partner – went missing, allegedly accompanied by a girl. Only last week a Janata Dal (United) MLA was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a woman on board the Rajdhani Express.
An FIR was lodged against Siddharth Singh, who represents the Vikram assembly seat, at the Masaurhi police station based on a statement by the girl’s father, a resident of Sunkudra village located 30 kms south of the state capital.
According to senior superintendent of police, Patna, Manu Maharaj, the girl was taken away in an Endeavour SUV around 6 am. She was a student in Patna and lived in a hostel.
This is the second time that Singh has disappeared with the girl. However, this time, five of his private security guards and three government security guards have also disappeared. Maharaj said a search was on to locate the group through their mobile phones.
The MLA, who is married and has a son, was earlier awarded a life term in connection with the murder of an eminent doctor’s son in 1998 when he was 15 years old. He spent several years in Beur jail before being released in 2009. Though he contested and lost in the 2010 Bihar assembly election on a Lok Janshakti Party ticket, Singh managed to win in 2015 on a Congress ticket.
This last week, the Nitish Kumar government has been dealing with MLA run-ins with the law, much to its embarrassment. Sarfaraz Alam, the Jokihat MLA of JD-U, was arrested and later released on bail for “misbehaving with a women” on board a train last week.
In another instance, Ranjit Yadav, son of Rashtriya Janata Dal lawmaker Kunti Devi, allegedly thrashed a doctor at a government hospital at Gaya on Wednesday night. The Indian Medical Association has taken up the issue and threatened immediate action while a delegation will meet the Director General of Police on Thursday evening.