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Woman stabs BJP MLA to death



Rupam Pathak, who stabbed to death BJP MLA from Purnia Raj Kishore Keshari (right), in police custody in Patna on Tuesday.

PURNIA (BIHAR): The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's MLA from Purnia, Raj Kishore Kesri, was on Tuesday stabbed to death at his residence here in full public view by a woman who had earlier accused him of sexual harassment.

Mr. Kesri (51), a four-time MLA, was meeting visitors from his constituency at his Sipahi Tola residence when Rupam Pathak stabbed him in the spleen, DGP Neelmani told PTI in Patna.

The profusely bleeding MLA was rushed to a hospital but he died of injuries on the way, doctors said.

The visitors beat up Pathak (45) and handed her over to the police. The woman, who had lodged a sexual harassment case six months ago against Mr. Kesri, was admitted to a government hospital in Katihar.

Mr. Neelmani asked Purnia Superintendent of Police N.H. Khan to ensure that the charge sheet was filed in the next two days.

Additional DGP P.K. Thakur said the murder was premeditated and not the result of Pathak's anger over the police not looking into her complaint. Mr. Thakur said the woman had retracted her statement of sexual harassment against Mr. Kesri before a first-class judicial magistrate and her husband had also recorded his statement in support of the MLA. “We are probing the case from all angles,” he said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the DGPs to constitute a high-level probe team, review the security of all legislators, and ensure that those who visited them were frisked.


Mr. Kumar, who asked his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi to rush to the spot, said that Mr. Kesri's cremation would take place with full state honours. He also appealed to the people and supporters of the MLA in Purnia to maintain peace.

State BJP president C.P. Thakur condemned the killing and said the case must be investigated thoroughly.

Pathak showed no remorse for her action, accusing the MLA of targetting her. “It will be better if I am hanged,” she told journalists.

Give adequate security: RJD

Describing Mr. Kesri's death as “unfortunate,” the Rashtriya Janata Dal demanded that adequate security be provided for legislators.

“The killing of the ruling party MLA is condemnable and unfortunate... we demand proper security for MLAs and even ex-MLAs,” the party's State general secretary Shakeel Ahmed Khan said.

Body handed over

Mr. Kesri's body was handed over to relatives after autopsy even as security measures were beefed up in Purnia to avert any untoward incident following the murder.

District Magistrate N. Sarwan Kumar said the body was handed over to Mr. Kesri's relatives after autopsy and that the entire process was videographed. The body will be cremated with full state honours in Purnia after the MLA's son Rahul, who studies in New Delhi, arrives by train on Wednesday. — PTI

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