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Caught on camera: Bihar bureaucrat thrashes protesting job aspirant holding national flag

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Patna, Aug 22: Patna Police on Monday lathi-charged hundreds of aspiring teachers, who were protesting against the delay in their recruitment. A video from the protest from Dak Bangla Chauraha in Patna has gone now viral on social media.

Caught on camera: Bihar bureaucrat thrashes protesting job aspirant holding national flag

In the video, Patna's Additional District Magistrate KK Singh, can be seen thrashing a protester who is lying on the ground and holding the National Flag in his hand. The flag is later taken away by the police.

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Police used water cannons to disperse a large number of protesters who were demanding the issuing of primary teachers' recruitment notifications.

The trouble erupted at the Dak Bungalow crossing where two separate groups, one comprising teachers' eligibility test qualified candidates seeking jobs and the other consisting of workers of the Jan Adhikar Party, gathered and tried to proceed towards Raj Bhavan, situated a couple of kilometres away.

Section 144 imposed, large gatherings banned in Patna

Prohibitory orders have been imposed in three areas of Patna following protests by hundreds of aspiring teachers. Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, which bans unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapons, has been imposed at Patna's Gandhi Maidan, JP Golambar and the Dak bunglow roundabout.

The DM, when asked about the episode, said the administration has set up a two-member inquiry committee to look into the allegations and examine the video footage.

"The committee will submit its report in two days and action may be taken accordingly," he said. However, the DM also added that "a case will be lodged against those taking part in the demonstration as well. No processions are allowed at the Dak the Dak Bungalow crossing and hence, the protesters will be booked under relevant sections".

Meanwhile, the BJP slammed the newly formed Nitish Kumar government over the incident.

"Nitish Kumar's police, who talked about giving 20 lakh jobs, beat the teacher candidate who was protesting in Patna in an inhuman way. The Bihar government and its officials not only bled the teacher's face but also insulted the tricolour. This is the real face of JD(U)-RJD government," tweeted BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya.

Last week, Nitish Kumar asserted that his new government was not only committed to fulfilling the promise of 10 lakh jobs, made by his deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, but would like to exceed the employment generation target twice over.

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