Patna HC directs Bihar govt to pay Rs 5 lakh to milk tanker driver arrested during lockdown

The Patna High Court has directed the Bihar government to pay Rs 5 lakh to Jitendra Kumar, a milk tanker driver from Uttar Pradesh, who was arrested by police in Saran district during the lockdown. The bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, which completed the hearing and reserved judgment on September 18, pronounced it on Tuesday. The petition filed by Sumit Kumar said in May this year, Saran police arrested Jitendra Kumar, a resident of Basti district of Uttar Pradesh, without registering an FIR in May. The High Court was surprised that the arrest was confirmed by Saran police on June 3 in that case. Taking strict action, the court directed the Bihar government to take action against the guilty policemen, and also directed the DGP, Bihar to put guidelines in this regard in every police station. With this order, High Court disposed the matter.

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