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Saran SP orders arrest of former RJD minister

Police ordered immediate arrest of Chandrika Rai on the charge of involvement in distribution of money among voters in Saran district.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2005 12:01 IST

The police on Saturday ordered immediate arrest of Chandrika Rai, RJD candidate and a senior minister in the erstwhile Rabri Devi cabinet, on the charge of involvement in distribution of money among voters at a village in Saran district of Bihar.

Saran Superintendent of Police Jagmohan said that three persons, who were arrested while "distributing money among the voters near Dariapur police station" last evening, later confessed at the police station that they were doing so at the "behest" of Rai, the RJD candidate for Parsa assembly seat.

"Since Rai has also been named accused in the case, I ordered his arrest", the SP said.

A vehicle allegedly owned by Rai was also seized from the spot, he said.

Independent candidate arrested

Former Bihar minister and Independent candidate for Garkha assembly seat Muneshwar Chaudhary was detained on Saturday while moving around in his constituency in Saran district during polling, Police Superintendent Jagmohan said.

Jagmohan said that Chaudhary was under preventive detention at Mithapur police station.

"The authorities detained Choudhury apprehending that his movement might cause disturbances during the poll," he said.

First Published: Nov 19, 2005 11:58 IST