Patna: Even ministers or their family are not safe in Bihar. In a huge embarrassment to the ruling National Democratic Alliance government in Bihar, headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar, armed miscreants raided a petrol station owned by the daughter of road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Wednesday evening and looted Rs224,000 (Dh12,185) in cash without being challenged by anyone. This was the second time in quick succession that the miscreants had targeted this particular station.
Reports said four miscreants, riding on two motorbikes, reached the petrol pump located at Jamaluddinchak on the Bihta-Khagaul road in Patna and put their guns on the heads two station staff. Subsequently, they snatched cash from the cash counter and fled on their bikes. Witnesses said the miscreants also damaged the computer and assaulted the staff before fleeing the scene.
“They asked us to hand over the cash. We had no option other than obliging them since they were branding arms. After grabbing the cash, they fled on their bikes,” victim and station owner Maya Kumari told police.
Based on the information provided by her, the police are trying to identify the gangs involved in the robbery. “We are trying to identify the gangs involved in the loot after scanning the CCTV footages and inputs provided by the station owner. The miscreants will be caught very soon,” a local police official Sanjay Pandey said.
The dare-devil act of the criminals is underlined from the fact that they had targeted this petrol station twice in the past one year. Earlier, they had looted Rs300,000 in cash from the same station in December last year. The police had then arrested the gang and recovered the cash.
Likewise, two cabinet ministers Khursid Alam and Kapildeo Kamat have received extortion threats by the gangsters. While Kamat was asked to pay Rs500,000, Alam was told to pay Rs1 million as extortion. Kamat happens to be the Panchayati Raj Minister while Alam is Minority Affairs Minister. A series of such incidents have raised a big question mark over the prevailing law and order situation in the state.