The Bihar BJP president alleged that an attack on the party office was carried out under the “protection of the state government” on Thursday in which a news cameraman and party workers suffered minor injuries.
BJP workers claimed that the attackers were carrying banners of the All India Students Federation (AISF) and the All India Students Association (AISA) apart from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal United (JD(U)).
Mangal Pandey, state BJP president, alleged the attack was “pre-planned by people owing allegiance to ruling parties – the JD (U) and the RJD”, and said the party would seek action against the police and the magistrate for failing to prevent the violence, apart from challenging the political parties to an “open fight” instead of “attacking from the back”.
“The attack was carried out with full protection from the state government and the police. The latter did not take any preventive action,” Pandey said, adding, “The attackers did not look like students. Students do not carry lathis and throw bottles.”
The incident happened during a solidarity march for Jawaharlal Nehru University student body president Kanhaiya Kumar who was arrested on Friday on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy. Clashes between pro-BJP workers and others have been erupting across the country with many questioning Kumar’s police detention.
Party spokesperson and MLC Sanjay Mayukh said they had alerted the magistrate and police about the march, seeking protection. “They assured (us) that the march would not be allowed to reach the office. But they came soon after and attacked us,” Mayukh said.
He alleged that about 100 protesters attacked the office with bottles, lathis and stones while a meeting was going on, harming a few BJP workers and a journalist.
AISF state secretary Sushil Kumar however rubbished the accusations, saying it was the BJP workers who attacked the AISF protesters when they were moving towards R-block via Beer Chand Patel Marg, on which the BJP office is located.
“They were carrying lathis and attacked us. Four to five AISF members sustained injuries and are currently being treated at Gardiner Hospital,” he said.