Chhapra tragedy: Absconding husband of school principal files anticipatory bail

Chhapra, PTI | Updated : 31 July 2013, 08:21 PM

A district court here on Wednesday directed the police to place before it details of the investigation in the mid-day meal tragedy in which 23 children died in Saran district to decide the anticipatory bail plea of the absconding husband of the principal of the school. 

District and Session Judge Navneet Kumar while hearing anticipatory bail application of Arjun Rai, absconding husband of principal of Dharmasati Gandaman village where 23 children died after eating mid-day meal on July 16, called for the case dairy relating to details of police investigation after lodging of the FIR to take a decision on the bail plea. 

Rai, whom Bihar Education minister P K Shahi has accused of intentionally poisoning the meal and who along with his brother Dhruv Rai had purchased the deadly poison, Monocrotophos, from Singhulia sugar mill only two days before the tragedy, has been absconding after the incident. 

Superintendent of Police of Saran, Sujeet Kumar said that efforts were being made to nab Rai. 

Shahi has said that Rai and his cousin Dhruv Rai are active members of a prominent opposition party (RJD). 

The SP said that the police has obtained four day remand of the principal of the school Meena Devi, who is presently in judicial custody to take her to Patna for polygraph test. 

"We are waiting for arrival of experts from Delhi to Patna for the polygraph test to take her to the state capital," the SP added. 
The July 16 incident in a Chhapra school in which 23 poor children had lost their lives has shocked the nation. The state government has pointed to "conspiracy" behind the tragedy to destabilise Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led government. 

An FIR had been lodged after the incident at Mashrak police station against the Principal and others under Section 302 (murder) and 120/B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

First Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 08:19 PM

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