Saharsa: Gangster-turned-politician Anand Mohan Singh was released from Saharsa Jail in Bihar on Thursday morning. Jail officials told that Anand Mohan was released at 4:30 in the morning, so that law and order was not affected. Anand Mohan’s release has become possible after the Bihar government recently amended the prison rules allowing the release of 27 convicts including him. He was serving a life sentence in 1994 for the murder of the then District Magistrate of Gopalganj G Krishnaiah.
After the Bihar government amended the rules of the prison manual, an official notification said that 27 prisoners who have served 14 years or 20 years in jail have been ordered to be released. Posters have been put up at Veer Kunwar Singh Chowk in the district to welcome former MP Anand Mohan. The gangster-turned-politician was earlier on parole for 15 days to attend the engagement ceremony of his MLA son Chetan Anand. He returned to Saharsa Jail on 26 April after the parole period was over.
Earlier on Wednesday, the State Prisons Department had released about 14 convicts from various jails of the state. Anand Mohan Singh was among the eight others who could not be released yesterday. There has been a strong reaction from the opposition in the state regarding the release of the former MP from jail.
On the release of Anand Mohan, the Nitish government continues to be condemned by the opposition. Meanwhile, reacting to the furore over his release, Anand Mohan Singh on Tuesday took a jibe at the BJP and said that even the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case were released under pressure from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Anand Mohan said, “Some decision has been taken in Gujarat also under the pressure of RJD and Nitish Kumar, go and see. Some people have been released and garlanded. Yes, I am in that case (Bilkis Bano case).” I am pointing towards. He said that he has “full sympathy” with the family of the slain IAS officer.
The former MP said, “I have full sympathy for G Krishnaiah’s family. This episode has ruined the two families of Lovely Anand (his wife) and G Krishnaiah.”
On December 5, 1994, Anand Mohan killed G Krishnaiah, the District Magistrate of Gopalganj in Muzaffarpur. Krishnaiah was killed by a mob allegedly instigated by Anand Mohan Singh. He was dragged out of his official car and beaten to death. G Krishnaiah, a 1985 batch IAS officer, was a resident of Mahbubnagar in present-day Telangana.
Anand Mohan was sentenced to death by the lower court in 2007. A year later, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the Patna High Court. Mohan then challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court, but has not got any relief so far and is in Saharsa Jail since 2007. His wife Lovely Anand has also been a Lok Sabha MP, while his son Chetan Anand is an RJD MLA from Shivhar in Bihar.