Who is Anand Mohan Singh?
Anand Mohan Singh is a politician and was the founder of the now-defunct Bihar People’s Party (BPP). He comes from the village of Panchgachiya in Saharsa district, Bihar. As of May 2021, Anand Mohan Singh is serving a life sentence for abetting murder; prior to reduction to this term on appeal. He had been the first politician in independent India to be given the death penalty.
Anand Mohan Singh Biography/Wikipedia
Anand Mohan Singh comes from Pachgachhia village in Saharsa district, Bihar. He is the grandson of Ram Bahadur Singh, an Indian freedom fighter. His introduction to politics came through involvement with the Sampoorna Kranti movement of Jayaprakash Narayan, which caused him to drop out of college in 1974.
|Political party||Samta Party 1996, Rashtriya Janata Party 1998|
|Children||Chetan Anand, Surbhi anand, Anshuman anand|
Singh claims to have begun his career when he was aged 17 and that this was in response to the treatment of poor people by what he describes as “politicised criminals” in his native state of Bihar. The politics of Bihar has for many years been influenced by caste divisions, and Singh has been portrayed as a leader of the Rajput community in the state. Shifts in power, especially since 1990, reduced the Rajputs, traditionally a ruling class, into a subordinate position.
Singh served a three-month jail sentence in 1983 but in 1990 was elected from the Mahishi constituency to the Bihar Legislative Assembly as a representative of the Janata Dal (JD) party. He continued his criminal activities while a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), leading a notorious sectarian gang, described by the Hindustan Times as a “private army”, during the 1990s.
The gang attacked people who supported reservation, which is India’s system of positive discrimination for disadvantaged socio-economic communities. It ran riot until challenged by the rival gang of Pappu Yadav, at which time the situation in the Kosi area descended into a state akin to civil war.
Anand Mohan Singh Imprisonment/Jail
Singh has had numerous charges filed against him at various times, many of which were either dropped or resulted in acquittal. He and six other people, including his wife Lovely Anand, were accused in relation to the 1994 murder of a Dalit district magistrate from Gopalganj, G. Krishnaiah, who was lynched on a major highway near to Muzaffarpur during a funeral cortege for the BPP member and gangster, Chhotan Shukla. In 2007, the Patna High Court sentenced him to death for the abetting the crime.
The sentence was reduced to rigorous life imprisonment in 2008, when the six other accused were also acquitted due to lack of evidence. The reduction was because there was no evidence that Singh was the actual assailant. In 2012 Singh failed in his appeal to the Supreme Court of India against the reduced sentence. The same Supreme Court hearing dismissed an appeal from the Government of Bihar for reinstatement of the death penalty and for an overturning of the acquittal of the six other people.
At the time of the original sentence in 2007, Singh was the first Indian politician since independence to have been given a death penalty. Soon after that sentence, upon being transferred from Patna’s Beur jail to that of Bhagalpur, Singh went on hunger strike in protest of the facilities and being split from Akhlaq Ahmed and Arun Kumar, who had received death penalties in the same case. The jail authorities were unsympathetic, noting that rules dictated those sentenced to death should sleep on the floor and be allowed only simple food.
Anand Mohan Singh Influence In Politics
Despite being in prison, Singh aided his wife, Lovely Anand, whom he had married in 1991, in standing as an INC candidate in the 2010 Bihar Assembly elections and as a Samajwadi Party candidate in the 2014 general elections. The Supreme Court had barred convicted criminals from standing in elections but he still has much influence. She has claimed that her husband is the victim of a political conspiracy.
People from his home village of Panchgachiya consider him to be a Robin Hood figure. Tehelka said in 2007 that
it was his muscleman image that made Mohan’s name synonymous with terror in Bihar’s poverty-ridden Saharsa-Supaul belt for the past 20 years. He and Munna Shukla faced several criminal cases, many of them for murder, in various courts across Bihar. While Shukla still remains a dreaded figure around Muzaffarpur and Vaishali districts in north Bihar, Mohan is notorious in the Saharsa-Supaul belt as a criminal and sometimes as a kind of folk hero.
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