Patna: BJP MLA from Purnia in Bihar, Raj Kishore Keshri, was stabbed to death by a woman on Tuesday morning. The woman, identified as Rupam Pathak, has been arrested.
Keshri was stabbed at his residence in Purnia by Pathak, a lady teacher, when he was meeting people of his constituency. According to eyewitnesses Pathak was standing in the queue and whipped out a knife from under her shawl and stabbed the two-time MLA in the neck when her turn came.
She also stabbed Keshri in his stomach and heart. Police official said that Keshri’s spleen burst leading to his death.
The accused woman, a teacher in a private school in Purnia, had accused Keshri of raping her, Director General of Police Neelmani said. Pathak had also filed a case of sexual harassment against Keshri.
Pathak was beaten up by the people present at the MLA’s residence and is reportedly to be critically injured. She has been taken to the government hospital in Purnia under police protection.
“The accused woman has been arrested. We will know the reason for his murder only after interrogation. This is an unfortunate incident,” said Additional Director General of Police PK Thakur.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the Director General of Police to conduct an enquiry into the incident.
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi claimed Pathak was trying to blackmail Keshri.
“She was trying to blackmail him (Kehsri). He was a dedicated member of our party. This is very sad. What was her motive and who are the people behind this is a matter of investigation. She never registered a case. Police registered the case only after this come in a local daily. I will request people to maintain peace. I will go there (Purnia),” said Modi in Patna.