Nitish lodges his complaint to Karnataka Chief Minister

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has written to his Karnataka counterpart D.V. Sadanand Gowda protesting against the state police arresting an alleged member of the banned Indian Mujahideen from Bihar without previously informing the local police, an official said. The arrest was a “violation of the rule of law”, the letter said.

“What has been done by the police officers of Karnataka is an example of the violation of the rule of law,” the letter said.

“There should be no apprehension in the mind of any visiting police officer of any state about professional integrity and commitment of senior police officials available in Darbhanga,” it added.

Kafil Akhtar was held May 6 from a Darbhanga village, 200 km from here, in connection with the blast at Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Nitish Kumar said in the letter that the “inappropriate” behaviour of the Karnataka police could have led to serious issues of breach of law and order and even put the security of the visiting officers under threat.

The Bihar Police has also lodged a protest about the incident with the Karnataka Police.

Darbhanga Superintendent of Police Garima Malik had said they were not informed about the arrest and came to know about it from Akhtar’s family.