Patna: With growing pressure for his arrest in the aftermath of killing of nine children on NH 77 in Muzaffarpur district last Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday expelled Manoj Baitha from the party's primary membership after police established him to be the owner of the Bolero that mowed down a group of children trying to cross the road.

Baitha, who is said to have gone into hiding, is yet to surrender or be arrested.

Opposition leaders in Bihar have accused the BJP of trying to shield Baitha despite his swift expulsion from the party.

Police remains uncertain about the driver of the vehicle with opposition leaders insisting it was Baitha who was behind the wheel while officials in Muzaffarpur maintain the vehicle was being driven by his driver or someone else.

As reported, the accident occurred not too far from the Dharampur Middle School. All the victims were the students of this government school.

Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on a twitter post, mocked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his prohibition policies saying despite all the tough talk by the Janata Dal – U leader, liquor was freely flowing in Bihar that led to the Saturday tragedy on a national highway.

Describing Baitha as being drunk, Gandhi blamed him for killing nine innocent children in a 'liquor-free' Bihar.

Earlier, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav led other opposition leaders on a march to the Raj Bhawan where he handed over a memo to Governor Satya Pal Malik demanding swift action against Baitha.

Appealing the Governor to intervene in the matter, Yadav alleged that Baitha was being protected by senior BJP leaders thus causing delay in his arrest.

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