In a bizarre celebration, Nitish Kumar fan Anil Sharma alias Ali Baba has chopped off his fourth finger and offered it to local deity Goriya Baba after the JD(U) leader was sworn in for a fourth consecutive term.
The diehard supporter is a resident of Vaina village in Bihar’s Jehanabad district and has been carrying out this weird ritual for the past 15 years.
Every time Nitish becomes the chief minister, Sharma sacrifices one finger of his left hand and offers it to the deity.
The ritual began in 2005 when Nitish was sworn in as the chief minister for the first time. It was repeated when Nitish returned for a second term in 2010 and again in 2015 when he was sworn in for the third time.
Sharma carried out the ritual for the fourth time last week.
When asked about this nearly-insane act, Sharma said: “I have my own way to celebrate the victory of Nitish Kumar. I am his big fan. I knew that the CM will not come to meet me, still my respect for him will not diminish”
Satyendra Kumar, the SHO of Ghosi police station, said a team has been dispatched to look into the matter and to record Sharma’s statement. A counselling session is also being arranged to check his mental state.
Self-harm can be punishable under Sections 322 to 324 of the Indian Penal Code, depending upon the patient’s state of the mind.
As news about Sharma’s fourth finger being chopped off broke out, villagers claimed the diehard fan had mental health issues.
His neighbours said when exit polls were announced on November 7, Sharma went into depression. He did not have food for the next three days until November 10 when the Election Commission announced a victory for the NDA.
Powered by the BJP, Nitish retained the chief minister’s chair for a record fourth term.
Although his Janata Dal (United) appeared to be the weak link in the coalition this time, the BJP performed well and improved its tally to help the alliance go past the halfway mark of 122 in the 243-member Legislative Assembly.
Nitish took oath as the chief minister on November 16.