HindustanTimes Mon,24 Nov 2014

Nitish away, partymen slug it out

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ara (Bihar), October 16, 2012
First Published: 00:00 IST(16/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:03 IST(16/10/2012)

Janata Dal (United) activists at a sparsely-attended ‘adhikar rally’ assaulted each other with chairs to settle political scores on Sunday, even as chief minister Nitish Kumar stayed away from the meet.


Rival factions of the ruling party indulged in full-fledged violence in an attempt to flex their muscles. This happened in the presence of JD(U) state chief Bashistha Narayan Singh and MP Shivanand Tiwari.

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.

more from India

TN seeks Modi's intervention for fishermen release

Tamil Nadu government on Monday sought the Centre's intervention for the release of 14 Indian fishermen arrested by the Lankan navy on Sunday, and raised the issue of financial package for the community.
Most Popular
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved