PATNA: The Jehanabad government rail police (GRP) late on Tuesday night arrested two suspects who were among the main persons involved in thrashing additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) Prashant Kumar Jha (44) inside Gaya-Patna passenger train twice on night of April 16.
ACJM Jha is posted at Pupri sub-division of Sitamarhi district in Bihar.
Jehanabad GRP SHO Shakuntala Kisku said that the arrested suspects were identified as Shashank Shekhar Deo (28) and his nephew Suraj Kumar Yash Deo (19).
“They were arrested from village Bramharshi Nagar under Mukhdumpur police station area in Jehanabad on basis of a video clip of the incident which was recorded by one of the co-passengers,” she said.
She said that the ACJM had gone to Gaya for some work and was returning when the incident took place.
“The ACJM was sitting on a seat, but Shashank asked him to vacate the seat and sit somewhere else when the train left Gaya station. The ACJM urged Shashank to first sit and if he faces any problem, then he would vacate it,” the SHO said, adding, Shashank later removed the ACJM by pulling him by his shirt’s collar.
She said that a minor scuffle took place between the duo at that time after which both sat separately.
“However, Shashank rang his associates in Mukhdumpur and as soon as the train stopped at Banawar halt in Mukhdumpur, at least five youths boarded the train and thrashed the ACJM with Shashank’s help,” she said.
She further said that later at least nine more youths boarded the train at Mukhdumpur station and joined others in thrashing the ACJM. “They all alighted the train at the station and fled,” the SHO said.
She said Jha – who was profusely bleeding from nose and had at least three grievous injuries in head – reached police with the help of some passengers and was immediately taken to hospital.
She said that an FIR was lodged with the Jehanabad GRP in connection with the incident on Tuesday on the basis of a complaint submitted by Jha. “Raids were on to nab other suspects involved in the incident,” she added.
Meanwhile, Bihar Judicial Service Association (BJSA) secretary Ajit Kumar Singh on Wednesday condemned the incident. “BJSA had earlier given representation to home secretary and DGP for providing bodyguards to all judges in state irrespective of rank on which yet no decision has been taken. It shows sheer apathy of the government,” he added.