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Accusation against legislator falls flat; woman eloped with lover on free will

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A woman, alleged by her father, to have been kidnapped by the legislator of the congress party has appeared before the Police stating that she was not kidnapped and rather had eloped with the driver of the accused legislator on her free will.

“Nidhi along with Pankaj Kumar Sharma reached the residence of Patna’s Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj to inform him that she had married driver Pankaj and legislator Sidharth Kumar Singh was not at all involved in it,” a police official said.

Nidhi had said that since her parents were against their relationship she was forced to run away and wed Pankaj at the Kasi temple in Uttar Pradesh.

According to police, Nidhi has also requested for police protection as her life is being threatened by her father, Abhay Sharma and brother, Rahul Sharma.

Legislator Sidharth Kumar Singh who appeared at the Sachivalya Police Station had claimed that he had persuaded the couple to return and surrender to the police. “I was in serious trouble as an FIR was lodged against me for allegedly kidnapping her. Truth is that I had nothing to do with it,” he said

The legislator had already served jail time for murder. In the complaint the girl’s father had accused the legislator of kidnapping his daughter. According to information provided by police, the legislator even had a history of eloping with a young girl earlier.

The FIR filed by the girl’s father against congress legislator Sidharth Kumar Singh had invited the wrath from JD (U) and the other members of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ alliance as well as the opposition against the Congress party.

“Congress should take action against its legislator just like we acted against ours,” JD-U state president Vashsisht Narain Singh said, referring to the suspension of Sarfaraz Alam, a JD(U) lawmaker for misbehaving with a couple on board a train.

The JD(U) said that such events will not bode well for the image of the state government. While training their guns against the Nitish Kumar government, the BJP and their allies Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha has termed these events as proof of the ‘return of jungle raj’ in the state.

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