Rabri Devi, prominent leaders arrested during Bihar bandh

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Patna, Nov 2 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Rabri Devi was arrested here today along with over 1000 agitators during today's opposition-sponsored Bihar bandh called to protest yesterday's assault on mediapersons by supporters of ruling JD(U) MLA Annant Singh.

Official sources here said the former Chief Minister, leading a procession of RJD men, arrived at the main Dakbungalow Chouraha where activists of other political parties were also demonstrating. Rabri Devi was arrested 15 minutes after her arrival and taken to the Mithilesh Stadium.

RJD MP Vijay Yadav, Lalit Yadav, party MLA Rajesh Yadav, MLC Bhola Rai and several other party leaders were arrested while enforcing the bandh in the state capital.

Among other prominent leaders arrested were LJP MP Surajbhan, senior CPI(M) leader Subodh Rai, Congress Legislature Party Leader Ashok Kumar, Congress state spokesperson Prem Chandra Mishra, party's youth wing president Tarun Kumar and NSUI state president Rashid Pasri.

The atmosphere became highly charged soon after Rabri Devi's arrival at the Dakbunglow Chowraha.

Flanked by women brigade of her party she shouted slogans against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. She demanded his immediate resignation in view of the prevailing situation where even representatives of the fourth estate were being targetted.

She said the nation witnessed the act of Anant Singh which was highly condemnable.

''In such a situation Mr Kumar has no moral right to continue in office,'' she maintained.

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