Case filed over assault on killer Bihar teacher


Patna: A case has been filed against 1,000 unidentified people for beating up a woman teacher accused of murdering Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Raj Kishore Kesri in Bihar’s Purnia town last week, police said Sunday.

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Police filed a first information report (FIR) five days after Rupam Pathak, 40, was beaten and seriously injured after she stabbed to death Kesri, 51, Jan 4 at his home.

Pathak was beaten by Kesri’s security guards, staff and supporters soon after the murder.

Pathak went to Kesri’s home in Purnia and killed him in the presence of a number of people. She alleged Kesri, legislator from Purnia assembly constituency, had raped her for over three years, a charge refuted by the party.

Women organisations demanded security for Pathak, who is in judicial custody, and her treatment at the Patna Medical College and Hospital. After being badly beaten, she was taken to neighbouring Katihar town and admitted in a hospital in a critical condition.

A court Thursday sent Pathak to judicial custody for 14 days.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the murder.

Police have also arrested Navlesh Pathak, an editor of a local English weekly Quisling, who had first reported Pathak’s sexual harassment complaint. He was arrested following an FIR filed in a Purnia police station.