Displaced Biharis from Mumbai burn Governor's effigy in Patna

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Patna, Feb 13 (UNI) In a twist to the ongoing anti-north Indian violence in Maharashtra, a group of displaced Biharis here today burnt the effigy of Governor R S Gavai as he hailed from the Western state.

But the Governor instead of adversly reacting to the issue expressed ''full sympathy'' to the affected people and described the incident as a ''natural reaction''.

'' I striongly disapprove any kind of hatred campaign by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists and other vested interests on the basis of regionalism, '' the Governor in a statement tonight said, and added that he strongly believed that every citizen of India had the right to earn his livelihood in any part of the country.

'' This Constitutional right of the people should be protected at any cost by the concerned state Government as part of its obligation, '' Mr Gavai pointed out and said he had already talked to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and urged him to take stern action against the perpetrators of such mindless attacks.

Earlier, a group of people on their return from Mumbai burnt the effigy of the Governor at Patna station.

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