Nitish to take action against guilty of police lathicharge

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Patna, Mar 31 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today issued directions to take necessary action against police officers who lathicharged the relatives of an abducted youth in front of the Chief Minister's residence.

Following the fracas created by the Opposition during the zero hour in the Assembly, Mr Kumar said he had already directed the Inspector General(IG) Patna to take necessary steps against the officers involved.

Mr Kumar informed the House that after receiving the news, he held a meeting with the aggrieved parents and relatives of Manoj in presence of the IG Patna and IG (Headquarters) this morning.

''The relatives had no grievances against the police,'' Mr Kumar added.

He, however, admitted that initially he was not given proper information about the incident ''I was later told that the relatives of Manoj, were lathicharged when they came to meet him yesterday,'' he added.

''Being hurt by this incident I had taken it seriously,'' the chief minister said adding that such incidents should not be repeated in future.

Manoj was reportedly abducted about 13 days ago.

Mr Kumar informed the House that he had fixed the mornings to meet people, which, however, was interrupted because of the on-going budget session and other related engagements. The meetings would resume once the House was adjourned.

Earlier the entire opposition created pandemonium for more than half an hour before the Chair took up the zero hour. The members shouted slogans against the government. RJD member Shyam Rajak showed copy of a CD carrying video records of the lathicharge on the relatives of Manoj, including women, who wanted to meet the Chief Minister.

Prema Choudhry and other RJD members rushed to the well and shouted slogans.

Ms Choudhry said such attrocity against women should be immediately stopped. The members also waved copies of newspapers where the related news had been published.

Amid this, ruckus Bihar Deputy Chief Minister made a reply to a call attention of JD(U) member Jagdish Sharma, which was unheard.

The notices of the zero hour also went unheard because of the noise created by the Opposition.

RJD member Abdul Bari Siddiqui said Mr Kumar should reply on the matter.

Considering Opposition sentiments, Mr Kumar informed the House about the actions taken by him.

At one point of time Mr Kumar was apparently annoyed with the Opposition's behaviour and asked them not to take the matter in lighter vein.


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