Statue of Phoolan Devi was seized by the police and district management on Sunday. Phoolan Devi was a dacoit-turned-politician before it was launched, and also did not permit Bihar minister Mukesh Sahani to exit the Varanasi airport for attending the launching ceremony, officials mentioned.
Superintendent of Police Ram Badan Singh stated the statue of the previous Lok Sabha MP Phoolan Devi was to be installed at Amilhara village on her death anniversary Sunday, and a platform was erected for this concern. The entire plan was being set up by the Mukesh Sahani-led Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), a BJP ally in Bihar. The VIP accused the BJP of having a casteist mentality”.
Bhadohi sub-divisional magistrate Ashish Kumar said no sanction was sought to launch the statue and the land where it was to be installed belonged to the gram samaj. The Bhadohi SP also said that VIP chief and Bihar’s Minister for Animal and Fisheries Sahani, who was coming here at the occasion, was not permitted to exit from the Varanasi airport, and was sent back to Bihar.
Police also said Sahani had sent the Phoolan’s statue here and it will be dispatched back. Phoolan Devi, who was murdered on this day in 2001, was widely known as “Bandit Queen”. Phoolan also served as a member of parliament on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Phoolan was killed in Delhi. District head of Vikassheel Insaan Party Ramakant Kevat said party workers wanted to install the statue on July 25 to commemorate her death anniversary, but it was taken into custody by the police.
He also stated that the BJP is showing its “casteist mentality”, and in addition the party will hold a challenge over this issue.
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