Officials said that Kumar stayed away from the meet due to an incident of violence in Madhubani (north Bihar), where two persons died in police firing. However, fear of facing protests at Ara was widely believed to have played a role in the decision.
Many party stalwarts were left nursing injuries in the aftermath of the incident. The battle had broken out between supporters of party leader Vishwanath Singh and former Barhara MLA Asha Devi.
FIRs were lodged by both sides at the Ara Nawada police station in Ara town on Monday.