Indian police suspend 11 officers for handcuffing MP

Indian police suspend 11 officers for handcuffing MP

If they treat an MP like this, how will they treat the common people, asks Yadav’s wife

Patna: Authorities in Bihar have suspended eleven policemen after parliamentarian Rajesh Ranjan, popularly known as Pappu Yadav, was taken to the court in handcuffs.

Yadav was produced before a local court in Patna on April 1, something which runs against the privilege he his entitled to as parliamentarian.

“We have suspended eleven [officers] for showing least regard for a parliamentarian,” Patna’s senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj told journalists on Friday.

The disciplinary action comes after Yadav’s wife Ranjeeta Ranjan, also a parliamentarian, raised the issue of his “inhumane treatment” in Parliament twice earlier this week.

“He was treated like a criminal … It’s not just about the privilege of an MP [Member of Parliament]. If they treat an MP like this, how will they treat the common people?” she said in Parliament.

Taking cognisance of the matter, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan later spoke to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday evening.

Mahajan also reportedly shot off a letter questioning the propriety of the arrest, and asked the chief minister to follow correct procedures.

Yadav came in the eye of the storm after he led massive protests outside Bihar assembly on March 27 when his party men fought pitched battle with the cops.

The protests were held over alleged corruption, in the state’s education and health departments, among other things.

Later that evening, police took him into custody.

They arrested him over an old case of allegedly inciting his supporters to attack police and sent to jail.

Subsequently, he was produced in the local court with handcuffs on.

Yadav was initially elected on a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ticket from the Madhepura seat but later rebelled against his party chief Lalu Prasad over the issue of “transfer of party leadership”.

Eventually, he was expelled for “anti-party activities”.

His wife Ranjeeta, on the other hand, is a Congress party MP for Supaul seat in Bihar. They were one of the few couples elected in the last Lok Sabha elections.