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RJD, BJP workers clash in heart of Patna, many hurt, vehicles damaged

BJP leaders said RJD supporters had attacked their party office in “an organised way”. RJD leaders were quick to rebut the charge, saying brickbatting started first from the BJP side

india Updated: May 17, 2017 21:21 IST
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Stones and bricks scattered outside the BJP office after the clash in Patna on Wednesday.
Stones and bricks scattered outside the BJP office after the clash in Patna on Wednesday. (AP Dube/HT photo)

Patna A day after income tax department carried out raids at 22 locations in Delhi-NCR on companies allegedly having links with RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members, the attack on the BJP office in the heart of the city surcharged the atmosphere on Wednesday. Severaal persons were hurt in the incident. 

Video footage showed alleged RJD workers pelting stones on the BJP office and ransacking several vehicles around noon. Bir Chand Patel Marg, where several party offices are located, became a battle zone, with commuters running for cover and vehicles desperately backing out to avoid stones. The Bir Chand Patel Marg’s northern end also has the office of the income tax department. 

The BJP delegation later met DGP PK Thakur and gave a petition, alleging that an RJD procession armed with lathis, stones and bottles attacked the party office at the behest of Lalu Praasad and his two sons. “The incident happened in the presence of police,” they added. 

Soon after, the RJD delegation also met the DGP and accused Biahr BJP president Nityanand Rai and Sushil Kumar Modi for provoking the party workers. 

ADG (headquarters) Sanjiv Kumar Singhal said the petition had been forwarded to Kotwali police station. "Further action would be taken on the basis of evidence gathered during investigation," he added 

Patna Senior SP Manu Maharaaj said that the manhandling of the constables would also be looked into and a separate FIR would be lodged against unidentified persons for taking law in their own hands. “In fact, three separate FIRs will be lodged in this regard, as the RJD has also approached in this regard. We will go by the CCTV footage to take investigation its conclusive end,” he added. 

Talking to media persons, the DGP said that FIRs have been lodged and now police will do its investigation to take action on the basis of available facts. 

The BJP had planned a statewide dharna in support of their demand for removal of RJD chief’s two minister sons – deputy chief minister Tejaswhi Prasad Yadav and health minister Tejpratap Yadav – from the Bihar cabinet following charges of concealment of assets since morning and deputy CM Sushil Modi was to also participate in it at 1 pm. 

The BJP leaders said that the RJD supporters had attacked their office in an organized way with the tacit support of the administration, while the RJD leaders were quick to rebut the charges, saying brickbatting started first from the BJP side. 

Amidst all the high-voltage drams, chief minister Nitish Kumar left for Ranchi as per his pre-planned schedule to attend a programme by 12.30 pm flight and from Ranchi he would go to Delhi. The chief minister will return only on Friday. 

RJD spokesman Manoj Jha said that the outburst of the RJD supporters was natural, as the BJP workers first attacked them. “There is anger in RJD workers against the way Sushil Modi has been making unsubstantiated charges against RJD chief and making disparaging remarks against his family members,” he added

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