PATNA: Seven persons, including six Bihar politicians, were convicted by the Patna district court on Monday for the savage killing of IAS officer G Krishnaiyyah, a former district magistrate (DM) of Gopalganj, 13 years ago.
The convicts include Anand Mohan and wife Lovely (both ex-MPs), Munna Shukla (a JD-U MLA), Akhlaq Ahmed and Arun Kumar (both ex-MLAs), Harendra Kumar (senior JD-U leader) and SS Thakur. All of them have been sent to Beur Central Jail, Patna, and the court will announce the quantum of their punishment on October 3.
Krishnaiyyah, a 1985-batch IAS officer and native of Andhra Pradesh, became victim of mob fury on December 5, 1994, while on his way to Gopalganj (his posting) after attending a meeting at Hajipur.
Krishnaiyyah was passing by Muzaffarpur when his staff car was intercepted by the mob comprising participants of the funeral procession of Chhotan Shukla, a criminal-turned-politician.
Chhotan, the eldest brother of JD-U MLA and convict Munna Shukla, had been gunned down in a gang rivalry at Muzaffarpur only a day before, allegedly by a minister in the then Lalu Prasad government.
His gang and supporters suspected foul play by the DM and SP of Muzaffarpur in his killing.
Anand Mohan, then an independent MLA and wife Lovely, an independent MP from Vaishali, were leading the funeral procession with all those convicted in the case.
Their speech instigating the mob against the DM and SP of Muzaffarpur was recorded on video by the intelligence wing of Bihar Police.
The funeral procession, which had turned into a furious mob by then, started pelting stones at Krishnaiyyah’s vehicle thinking he was the DM of Muzaffarpur.
Krishnaiyyah came out of the vehicle and pleaded that he was not the DM of Muzaffarpur, but his pleas fell on deaf ears and he was virtually stoned to death, before Chhotan’s younger brother and notorious criminal Bhutkun pumped three bullets into his bleeding head from point-blank range. Bhutkun was later shot dead by rivals.
All convicts were arrested by the police while fleeing the scene of crime.
Subsequently, they were granted bail by the Patna high court after a couple of months in jail. But the state government challenged the bail granted to Anand Mohan in the supreme court and put him behind bars once again.
At this juncture, George Fernandes and Nitish Kumar sided with him politically and fielded him in the 1996 Lok Sabha polls from Sheohar. He won the poll from jail.