Madhu Koda beaten up in Ranchi jail

Ranchi: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was today injured after he was assaulted allegedly by inmates of a high-security Ranchi jail, where he is in judicial custody in connection with a muti-crore scam, but the MP claimed that he was beaten up by the prison guards.

Ranchi Deputy Commissioner K K Soan said that the 40-year-old lawmaker, lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail here, was "beaten up by a couple of prisoners of upper division ward who insisted that he take meal with other inmates".

"He was admitted to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences with injury in his hand," Soan said. Doctors attending to Koda said that X-ray reports had confirmed a fracture in his right hand. Koda, however, said that he had been assaulted by jail guards. "We were sitting on a dharna peacefully demanding quality food when jail guards attacked us with lathis.

"They were beating me as if they wanted to eliminate me. It`s a political conspiracy and I demand a judicial probe into the whole incident," Koda told reporters in hospital. IG (Prison) Vijay Kumar denied Koda`s allegations. Koda, who represents Chaibasa constituency in Parliament, said he would report the incident to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

Demanding a high-level enquiry, Koda`s MLA wife Gita said she feared for her husband`s life. "There were some incidents against my husband inside the jail in the recent weeks. Today`s incident has left us shattered because how can one beat him up in the high security prison. I fear for his life."

Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai, JMM leader Sudhir Mahato and Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (P) central committee secretary Abhay Singh also demanded enquiry into the incident. Koda, who was chief minister from September 2006 to August 2008, was arrested on November 30, 2009 in connection with the multi-crore scam.