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Dead woman elected as Panchayat member!

Patna: Mithlesh Devi, who has been dead for 9 years, has been elected as a Panchayat Samithi Member in the recently concluded polls. She was allegedly murdered by her husband nine years ago in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district. According to documents, Mithlesh Devi was elected as a panchayat samiti member from Tikauli panchayat in Sitamarhi after she filed her nomination papers and contested the panchayat polls.

Sitamarhi District Magistrate Rajeev Roshan has ordered an investigation into this incident. However, officials pointed out Mithlesh was murdered nine years ago and her husband Sikandar Mukhiya is the main accused in case. Sikandar, too, has been missing and on the run since after the incident — at least on paper. Police said “Sikandar, who is accused in her murder, put his second wife to contest in the name of Mithlesh to ensure that she poses as his first wife in the court to help him get acquitted in the case.”