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Ex-MP Anand Mohan, wife convicted

The judge, however, acquits 29 of the 36 accused in the lynching case of 1994, giving them the benefit of doubt, reports Arun Kumar.
Hindustan Times | By Arun Kumar, Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2007 03:04 AM IST

A court on Monday convicted a former member of Parliament couple belonging to the ruling JD (U) and five others for the lynching of a district magistrate nearly 11 years ago.

The court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Ram Shrestha Rai on Monday held seven persons, including former MPs Anand Mohan and his wife Lovely Anand, JD-U MLA Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla and former JD-U MLA Akhlaq Ahmad, guilty of the murder of Gopalganj District Magistrate G. Krishnaiah in December 1994.

The court will announce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday.

Three others held guilty in the case are Arun Kumar Sinha, Shashi Shekhar Thakur and Harendra Kumar.

All the seven were convicted under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting) and 427 of the IPC.

The judge also convicted Mohan, Lovely Anand and Arun Kumar Sinha under section 109 (abetment) of IPC. Of the 36 accused in the case, 29 were acquitted for want of evidence.

Special Public Prosecutor Chitranjan Sinha said that considering the sections of the IPC used against the accused, the punishment could be either hanging or life term.

Sinha, assisted by Pradeep Kumar Tiwari and NN Jha, appeared for the prosecution case, while Kanhaiya Prasad Singh, Balmiki Prasad Sinha, Ram Binay Singh and BN Srivastava defended the accused.

The defense counsel said that they would go into appeal before the High Court in a few days.

According to the prosecution case, Krishnaiah was shot by an angry crowd near Khaabra village on NH-28 on December 5, 1994 while returning to Gopalganj from Hajipur via Muzaffarpur after attending a meeting there.

The crowd, part of a funeral procession of Bihar People's Party (BPP) leader Chothan Shukla, who was killed on December 3, attacked the DM's car, pulled him out and lynched him.

Former Sheohar MP Anand Mohan, who was then the BPP chief, his wife Lovely Anand, former MP from Vaishali, Munna Shukla, the younger brother of slain Chotan Shukla, and former MLA from Bikramganj Akhlaq Ahmed, were in the mob.

Just before the procession, they had delivered incendiary speeches at Bhagwanpur Chowk, blaming the administration for the murder of Chotan Shukla. Krishnaiah was rushed to hospital where he was declared ‘brought dead’.

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