RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was on Friday stopped by the police while leaving for Gopalganj from Patna to meet kin of victims of the Gopalganj firing incident and to protest against and demand arrest of JD(U) MLA from Kuchaikote Amrendra Kumar Pandey alias Pappu Pandey in connection with the case.
Police deployed tight security at the RJD leader's residence to prevent him from moving towards Gopalganj. He was accompanied by party legislator Bhai Virendra. As per police, the RJD leaders have not taken the requisite travel permission from the administration to visit Gopalganj amid the lockdown.
The police personnel showed Yadav and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which are to be followed during the COVID-19 lockdown.
On being asked by ANI if he will be kept under house arrest, Yadav cornered the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led government and said: "They have no papers for house arrest. They cannot stop me from going to Gopalganj as it is my maternal grandmother's place. The lockdown is not for culprits but for those who are fighting for securing justice for the poor and victims. They are not arresting culprits."
"We are going to meet the kin of victims. Gopalganj is under red zone but culprits are roaming there freely. They are stopping our MLAs and now me from going there.... this proves that they are in support of Amarinder Pandey, who is accused in the case," he added.
The RJD leader said that there are three people in his car and all are maintaining social distancing as well as taking all precautionary measures against COVID-19.
He further asked the Bihar government to inform that how many women were raped and people were murdered amid COVID-19 lockdown.
"We are ready to get arrested but we will put all efforts to provide justice to the poor," a protestor said.
The RJD leaders were heard raising slogans against the government and police.
Earlier, Yadav had warned that if Amrendra won't get arrested in 2 days then he will march to Gopalganj from Patna.
RJD leader JP Chaudhary was grievously injured and his parents and brother were killed after a group of five assailants opened indiscriminate fire on them at their residence in Rupanchak village of Gopalganj district here on Sunday night.
According to the police, a case has been registered and the brother of a JDU MLA and one other person has been arrested in the matter.
Earlier, Yadav had demanded action within two days against Amrendra Kumar Pandey in connection with the case and said if the JDU MLA won't get arrested then we will march from Patna to Gopalganj. (ANI)