Sri Krishna Sena disrupts trains in Vaishali to protest CBI cases against Tejashwi
Sri Krishna Sena demanded withdrawal of cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s younger son and deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadavindia Updated: Jul 12, 2017 17:18 IST
Volunteers of the newly-floated Sri Krishna Sena (SKS) disrupted trains services at Chak Sikandar railway station in Vaishali district of Bihar on Wednesday, demanding an immediate withdrawal of cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s younger son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in connection with the land-for-hotels scam.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided his house last week before registering a case against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi and other officials for allegedly illegally awarding hotel maintenance contracts to private firms when the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief was the railway minister.
Chak Sikandar, which falls under Tejashwi’s Raghopur assembly segment, is one of the most important stations under the Sonepur division of East Central Railway (ECR) on the Hajipur-Bacchwara route. The area is also a citadel of the Yadav community to which Lalu belongs.
The area also falls under the parliamentary segment of Vaishali, which Union minister for food and civil supplies, Ram Vilas Paswan represents.
SKS volunteers, who swear by Tejashwi and his brother Tej Pratap, assembled at the station braving showers in the morning and climbed onto the locomotive engine of the Barauni-Patliputra MEMU train with posters decrying the CBI and the Centre.
Prem Kumar Yadav, who led the agitation, alleged that the cases against Tejashwi were lodged at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government, which he said was scared of his growing popularity. He claimed the cases against him were false.
“The services of trains on the section remained disrupted for hours as the supporters were adamant on the arrival of senior railway officials to receive their demand and forward it to the central government for withdrawal of cases lodged against Tejashwi while raising slogans against the NDA government,” said railway officials.
Chak Sikandar is a politically sensitive area with an equal number of National Democratic Alliance supporters as well as those of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). The police were also alerted to avert every potential threat of a clash between rival groups, which could have led to damage to the railway and other government property, said an official.
Chief security commissioner and inspector general of the Railway Protection Force at ECR headquarters, Ravindra Verma, said train services resumed after the agitators were assured by senior railway officials, including the local BDO, that their demands will be forwarded to those concerned.
Senior divisional commercial manager of Sonepur division Dileep Kumar said legal action would be taken against those found disrupting trains services.
This was the first such agitation to be reported in support of Tejashwi in one of the RJD bastions and has potential to spread.
Tejashwi junked corruption allegations against him on Wednesday, terming the charges a political conspiracy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dismissing speculation that the state’s ruling alliance was under strain.
First Published: Jul 12, 2017 17:18 IST