Former Bihar CM Manjhi escapes attack after meeting slain LJP leader’s family

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: May 26, 2016 16:38 IST
Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi was attacked when he went to meet slain LJP leader Sudesh Paswan’s family on Thursday. His escort vehicle was reportedly torched by a mob. (ANI)

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s entourage was attacked near Dumaria in Gaya district on Thursday morning when he went to meet Sudesh Paswan’s family.

Paswan, a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader, was shot dead on Wednesday evening by Maoists for allegedly being a police informer.

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Reports said Manjhi, who had gone to meet Paswan’s surviving family, escaped unhurt. A mob had reportedly torched an escort vehicle. They were dispersed when police fired into the air.

However, reports by ANI news agency said Manjhi was on his way to meet supporters protesting against Paswan’s murder when the attack happened.

Paswan and his cousin were killed during a campaign for Paswan’s wife ahead of the panchayat elections near Dumaria. The ninth phase of the elections is schedule to be held on May 30.

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