Ex-MP sentenced to death wants to donate body parts

August 9th, 2008 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Aug 9 (IANS) Jailed former Lok Sabha MP and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Anand Mohan Singh, sentenced to death last year for the murder of Gopalganj district magistrate G. Krishnaiah in 1994, has decided to donate his body parts for transplantation after death, officials said here Saturday. Singh, who is lodged in the special jail in Bhagalpur district, expressed his wish to donate parts of his body for transplantation after death in a letter written to the jail superintendent, official jail sources said.

In his letter written in Hindi, Singh said that it was his wish to donate parts of his body including kidney, heart, eyes and other vital organs.

“I wish to donate vital organs of body after death for transplantation, so that someone can live a longer life,” said a jail official quoting his letter.

He has made it clear in the letter that after a court sentenced him to death, he was fully aware that his days were numbered.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Ramshreshta Rai in Patna last year sentenced to death Singh, founder leader of the Bihar People’s Party (BPP) who later joined Bihar’s ruling JD-U, as well as former Bihar minister Akhlaq Ahmad, now a leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Arun Kumar, formerly with BPP.

The court also imprisoned for life four politicians, including Singh’s wife Lovely Anand, a former Lok Sabha MP, Munna Shukla, a JD-U legislator from Lalganj, and Shashi Shekhar Thakur and Harendra Kumar, who lost the last Lok Sabha election as a JD-U candidate. Later the four were granted bail by the Patna High Court.

Krishnaiya, a 1985 batch IAS officer of the Bihar cadre, was shot at and then stoned by a mob near Khaabra village on National Highway 28 Dec 5, 1994 when he was returning to Gopalganj from Hajipur via Muzaffarpur after attending an official meeting.

Krishnaiya was from a very poor family in Andhra Pradesh. His father used to be a labourer.

According to the police, Krishnaiya’s vehicle was intercepted by a mob led by Singh, then chief of BPP. His wife Lovely Anand, Munna Shukla and Akhlaq Ahmad were also part of the mob, which comprised mainly armed henchmen and Singh’s supporters.

The mob was protesting the killing of former BPP leader Kaushalendra Shukla alias Chhotan Shukla.

Krishnaiya, whose predecessor had also been killed by a bomb, was first shot. The officer began to bleed but did not die. Singh’s supporters then dragged him out of the vehicle and stoned him to death.

The brutal killing of an IAS officer - watched by hundreds of people - instantly earned notoriety for Anand Mohan Singh although he was already a feared man in the region that he considered his bastion.

He was arrested and jailed for the murder. But he contested the 1996 parliamentary election from prison - and won. He was released on bail to attend parliament. He was re-elected in 1998 but lost the 1999 election.

He formed the Krantikari Samajwadi Sena in 1980 but lost the Lok Sabha election that year. He became a Janata Dal legislator in 1990.

The next year, he was accused of killing an independent candidate from Madhepura. He formed the BPP in 1993 but failed to win from any of the three assembly seats he contested in 1995.

But he entered the Lok Sabha in 1996 from Sheohar. He won the seat again in 1998 but lost to Anwarul Haque in 1999.

Singh is facing several more criminal cases, including those related to murder, attempt to murder, extortion and abduction.

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