No Evidence Found Against Accused in Bihar Rail Roko Protest Case, 23 Acquitted
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Continues to Demand Special Category Status for State Following Acquittal in Rail Roko Protest Case
PATNA: A Bihar court has acquitted 23 people, including BJP leaders Ram Surat Rai and Suresh Sharma, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Veena Devi and activist Amrendra Kumar Singh, in connection with a nine-year-old case involving a rail blockade carried out in protest of the Congress-led UPA government’s denial of special status to Bihar. The ‘Rail Roko” protest took place across Bihar in March 2014.
The case was filed in the Railway Court in Sonepur and later referred to the MP /MLA Court in Muzaffarpur. The defendants were accused of disrupting rail traffic during the protest.
However, no evidence could be found against any of the accused and they were acquitted.
According to the report, Lawyer Ashok Kumar, who represented the accused, informed the media about the court’s decision. “A total of 27 people were named as defendants and an indictment was filed against 23 of them. They were all acquitted as there was no evidence against them,” he said.
It is worth noting that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been raising the demand for special status for the state for several years. He has promised to take steps to grant the same status to “all backward states” if his efforts to defeat the BJP by uniting the opposition are successful.