Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Son-In-Law, Grandson Arrested In Murder Case

GAYA, BIHAR: In an embarrassment to former Bihar chief minister and HAM (secular) president Jitan Ram Manjhi, his son-in-law and grandson were arrested in Gaya today in connection with the alleged murder of his granddaughter-in-law.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Garima Malik told reporters that Mr Manjhi’s grandson Vikki Manjhi and his father Yogendra Manjhi were arrested and charged with the murder of Vikki’s 25-year-old wife Soni Devi on Saturday last.

Vikki’s mother Sunaina Devi, who is the eldest daughter of Jitan Ram Manjhi and a ward member of Gaya Municipal Corporation, was allowed to go home following interrogation at a police station although the investigation in her role will continue, she said.

Soni Devi was allegedly murdered at her husband’s home in Gaya town on the intervening night of December 19-20 and she was cremated by her kin at Vishnupad ghat the next morning, SSP Garima Malik said.

Her father Ramdev Manjhi, a native of Sugaon village under Makhdumpur police station area in neighbouring Jehanabad district, had lodged a police complaint charging his son-in-law and other family members with murdering his daughter and destruction of evidence.