Nitish solely responsible for loss of human lives in flood: RJD

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Patna, Sep 7 (UNI) The RJD today alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was solely responsible for loss of human lives in the catastrophic floods in north Bihar as it was the result of ''criminal negligence on his part to ensure the proper execution of the flood protection works.'' Senior RJD leader and former state Water Resources Minister Jagdanand Singh told newspersons here that the negligence of the Nitish Kumar government was responsible for the breaches in the Kosi's embankments, resulting in the catastrophic floods, claiming a large number of human lives and damaging property worth billions of rupees.

''The documents released by the Nitish Kumar government claim that the state government, through its laisoning office in Kathmandu, had communicated to the Nepal government several times between August 5 and August 17 about the urgency of the flood protection works in the Kosi's embankments in Kushaha and urged the neighbouring country to extend its administrative support to carry out the works on the other side of the border, but it proved to be of no avail,'' Mr Singh said.

He alleged that the claims of the NDA government were totally false and baseless as the laisoning office in Kathmandu was defunct since long.

''The Nitish Kumar government had not released funds for salary and other establishment expenses of the laisoning office in Kathmandu leading to snapping of telephone and fax connections of the office due to non-payment,'' Mr Singh said.

''Strangely enough, the dates mentioned by the state government on which it had contacted the laisoning officer in Kathmandu were also misleading as he was in the headquarters of the state Water Resources department in Patna in connection with procuring funds against the salary and establishment expenses of the office in Kathmandu,'' he added.

Mr Singh said it was pathetic to note that iron crates required for flood protection works were not available with the state government and it was demanding the same from the Railways.

''How the state government can claim to have completed the routine flood protection works before the onset of the monsoon without iron crates,'' he wondered and added that the state government should have arranged it well before the monsoon.

The RJD leader said the Nitish Kumar government could not escape the responsibility of criminal negligence leading to loss of precious human lives.

Replying to a query, Mr Singh said the RJD would not file a case before the court charging Mr Kumar with genocide but added that the ''people's court'' would decide his fate.

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