PATNA: Gangotri Devi, elder sister of RJD chief Lalu Prasad died here Sunday as she could not bear the shock of her brother being sentenced to three and half years of imprisonment in yet another case of fodder scam by special CBI court of Ranchi yesterday. She was 75.
Family sources said she had been ailing for quite some time but the news of her brother’s sentencing shocked her so much so that she could not bear the agony more and collapsed.
She had been residing in peon’s quarter of Veterinary College in Patna since long along with her two sons. She lost her husband in 2006 and her eldest son in 2016 but she bore all these agonies with courage.
However, she could not bear the news of her brother’s jail sentence and breathed her last today.
“She was restless all through the day on Saturday. She could bear the news of her brother’s jailing and died,” Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi was quoted as saying in Gulf News.
Just before her death, she also had given an interview to the local media wherein she stoutly denied the corruption allegations against her brother.
“Lalu is a son of the poor. He can’t be involved in corruption cases but people are now calling him ‘chara chor’ (fodder thief). We survived eating spinach in the early days,” GN quoted her as having said in an interview to a vernacular daily on Friday.
She also alleged the political friends of her brother were jealous of him and implicated in false cases.