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Avinash Kumar and Avijit Biswas, Bhagalpur: Former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Shahabuddin walked out of Bhagalpur prison in
Bihar early on Saturday to a grand welcome from his supporters.
Shahabuddin, who has been in jail for a decade over multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna high court on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan.“I have remained away from home for 13 years. Everyone knows I was falsely implicated in the case,” the former parliamentarian said after leaving jail.
Shahabuddin faces more than 40 criminal cases, including those of abduction and murder, and has been in jail for the past 11 years. In the last 10 of them, the former MP was transferred thrice to different prisons – once to Bhagalpur jail and other times to Gaya jail.
From Bhagalpur, Shahabuddin will head to his native place Pratappur in Siwan where security has been scaled up, with reinforcements being sent from other places. Security in Bhagalpur has also been bolstered to manage the crowds.
MP for four consecutive terms since 1996, contesting from jail in 2004, the RJD member said party chief Lalu Prasad was his leader. “The entire country knows which party I am with. Nitish Kumar became a chief minister due to circumstances,” he said.
The release of Shahabuddin, a Siwan strongman, might turn out to be a show of strength of the RJD. All hotels and circuit houses were booked in advance, in both Bhagalpur and his home turf.
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But not everyone is happy. Many complainants and witnesses in cases against Shahabuddin have already sought police security. Since 1990, the district has seen blood on the streets because of a brutal battle for supremacy between Shahabuddin and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation.