The law has finally caught up with Anant Singh. The JD(U) legislator from Mokama town, popularly known as Chhote Sarkar, was arrested on Thursday along with four of his associates for assaulting journalists in his house.
Singh, considered close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is believed to be a terror in the Barh-Mokama region and neighbouring areas in rural Patna district. The MLA, whose love for ‘guns and goons’ is well known, faces over 32 cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping in Barh and Mokama, besides three in Patna.
But this is the first time Singh’s name has cropped up in a rape case. In his constituency, rape is said to evoke just one penalty — death.
The journalists had approached the legislator for his reaction to reports linking him to the rape and murder of one Reshma. She had written to the chief minister, police officials as well as mediapersons before her death, implicating Singh, his close associate and builder Mukesh Singh, and bodyguard.
Singh was elected to the Assembly for the first time from Mokama in 2005, when he defeated LJP MP Surajbhan Singh’s brother Lallan. He was instrumental in the electoral successes of the CM’s late brother Dilip Singh who represented the constituency twice on RJD tickets.
Singh is said to have control over acres of land in Tal area of Mokama and Barh. It is believed he has amassed huge property in urban areas as well. In 2004, Singh was seen brandishing an AK-56 rifle at a function in his ancestral village, Nadma. But no action was taken against him.
He had a miraculous escape during an encounter with the Special Task Force a few years ago. Nine people, including an STF personnel, were killed in the gunbattle at Nadma. Singh received seven bullet wounds but survived. His criminal history dates back to the early 1980s, but he came into limelight in the last five years.
He was recently in the news when a Mercedes Benz was spotted at his official residence. Singh claimed some company officials had kept the car in his garage. Before that, the MLA hit the headlines for purchasing RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s horse Pawan at the famous Sonepur Cattle Fair last year.