Jamshedpur, March 14: Seraikela-Kharsawan police on Wednesday arrested BJP’s Ichagarh MLA Sadhu Charan Mahto from Tata Main Hospital (TMH) in Jamshedpur. The accused was undergoing treatment since yesterday late night.
The 45-year-old MLA who has been absconding after an FIR was lodged against him at Nimdih police station in the neighbouring Seraikela-Kharsawan district for assaulting Seraikela-Kharsawan district land acquisition officer (DLAO) Dipu Kumar last month. The incident took place during a meeting at Raghunathpur village in Nimdih block on February 22, had taken admission in TMH yesterday night.
“It is really not fair to arrest me as I was having stomach pain, loose motion and am also diabetic. So I took admission at TMH yesterday night. During examination it was found that blood pressure had also shot up. The police came this afternoon. I have nothing to say,” said Sadhu Charan Mahto who was staying in a private cabin at TMH.
SDPO Chandil, Sandeep Bhagat confirmed the arrest. “Yes we have arrested him. We got information and arrested the MLA as an arrest warrant had been issued and also notice had been pasted at his house in Sridungri in Adityapur (Seraikela-Kharsawan district) under section 82 of CrPC on March 10 for assaulting government servant on duty. We will take him into custody depending on his medical condition,” said Sandeep Bhagat.
The land acquisition officer assault case snowballed into a major controversy following protest from the Jharkhand Administrative Service Association (JASA), the representative body of the state commission officials. After receiving complaint against Nirav Ichagarh BJP legislator, Sadhucharan Mahto, the members have taken strong note of the attack on its member. The members sported black badges to work in protest.
Denying the assault Sadhucharan Mahto had said that he just opposed the ‘meager compensation’ being given by the land department to the villagers who parted from their land to pave way for widening of road at NH 32.
The administration was acquiring land for a project of widening of NH-32. For the NH widening project, the administration is acquiring land from five villages through which the NH-32 passes.
According to police, after gathering that Dipu Kumar had started distributing compensation at Raghunathpur, the legislator had first threatened Kumar over cellphone at about 10 am and subsequently arrive at the village in the afternoon and assaulted.