Conspiracy to kill me: Koda

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 16:53

Ranchi: Two days after he was injured in a baton-charge by prison guards, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda Wednesday said there was a conspiracy to kill him in jail.

Koda is presently being treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) here for a fractured hand.

Talking to a local news channel, Koda said, "There was a conspiracy to kill me. I was beaten up by jail policemen and when I fell on the ground, they hit me with batons on my chest."

"The condition of common people can be understood when a former chief minister and Lok Sabha MP is beaten this way," he added.

Koda was allegedly leading a protest inside jail Monday to demand better quality food for the inmates.

"I was taken to hospital three hours after the incident. I was sitting on dharna due to the poor food being given to prisoners. When I was sitting on the dharna, the policemen started beating me," he added.

A delegation led by union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, the Lok Sabha MP from Ranchi, which also included Madhu Koda`s wife Geeta, met Governor Syed Ahmad Wednesday and sought a probe into the incident.

Geeta Koda alleged there was a conspiracy against her husband.

"We are being harassed. In the past, I was not allowed to meet my husband in jail. There is a move to shield the officials involved in the incident," she said.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda has announced a probe by a retired judge.

Koda has been in jail since November 2009 in a Rs.4,000 crore money laundering scam. He and four former ministers are kept in a VIP cell of the jail here.

He is the Lok Sabha member from Singhbhum. He was the chief minister September 2006-August 2008.

IANS



First Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 16:53

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