PATNA: Angry villagers protesting against the murder of a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader attacked the convoy of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today although he escaped unhurt.
The incident took place in Dumaria block of southern Bihar’s Gaya district today. Dumaria falls under Imamganj assembly constituency which Manjhi represents in the Bihar assembly.
Manjhi was going to meet the family members of the politician killed in alleged Maoist violence when the protesting mob threw stones on his convoy and also set afire his convoy pilot vehicle, forcing the former chief minister to retreat hastily.
Police had to fire in the air to disperse the protesting mob. Police said Manjhi is safe.
Last evening, suspected Maoists had gunned down a LJP leader and his cousin.
Victim leader Sudesh Paswan accompanied with his cousin was campaigning for his wife Kumari Maya Rani who is contesting the elections for the post of Mukhia, when the marauders fired at them, leaving them dead.
The attackers also torched three campaign vehicles of the victim whose wife is contesting the elections from Kanwar panchayat.
Before leaving the spot, the killers reportedly left behind a pamphlet which accused Paswan of being a “police informer”.
Barely four days back, suspected rebels had killed another Mukhiya candidate Mnaoj Singh at Singhwa village under Deo police station in Aurangabad district.
The ongoing 10-pahsed panchayat elections in Bihar have seen many such killing of candidates.