A police complaint was lodged against Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) leader in Bihar's Purnea district for inciting a mob that targeted a senior woman official from Maharashtra, police said on Sunday.
Last month in response to the attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra, Ashwini Dattarey Thackeray, a Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service (probationer) officer, was the target of a mob of over 200 people.
On Oct 31, the mob led by Madhav Singh, Purnea district president of central minister Ramvilas Pawan's LJP, surrounded Thackeray's office in Purnia, about 350 km from Patna, and shouted slogans like "Go back Maharashtrians" and "Officer go back, we do not need your services".
Officials in the district administration said that police have lodged First Information Report (FIR) against Singh, accused him of inciting the crowd on the basis of language, caste and religion.
"A case was lodged against Singh under section 153 A of the IPC (Indian Penal Code), a non bailable (offence)," a police official said.
Police officials said that action against Singh was initiated following an intelligence report that indicted him.
The district administration also seized CDs from the local TV channel for evidence that Singh incited the mob against Ashwini Dattarey Thackeray for her being a Maharashtrian.
Her security was tightened after the incident.
"She has been provided full security," an official said, adding it was the first time that a government official from Maharashtra has been targeted since protests against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) began last month in the state.