That a law and order situation not met promptly can lead to a general conflagration was proved, when thousands of people, protesting the brutal killing of a girl after gangrape at Sisauni Prabodhi village on June 8, laid siege to the district on Thursday.
The body of the school girl Kavita Kumari,was found dumped in a well abandoned by villagers long ago. Since then, over 45 days have elapsed without the culprits being traced and arrested, the agitationists claimed.
Irate villagers had attacked Sarai police station on August 16 condemning its inactivity, in which, the police was forced to open fire, killing one person Randhir Kumar Paswan and injuring others. Over 1000 unidentified and five named persons had been included in the police FIR for instigating the attack. But still, the culprits remain untraced.
Protesting this ‘utter failure’ of the police and the above firing at Sarai, about 10 km from the district headquarters, thousands of die-hard supporters of Vaishali unit of Janwadi Majdoor Kisan Sabha also took out a massive protest march shouting anti-police slogans from Hajipur block to the heavily guarded collectorate.
The whole town was on alert with elaborate security arrangements made at every nook and corner during the march.
The sabha leaders demanded a compensation of Rs.10 lakh and a government job to the widow of Randhir Paswan, who was gunned down in the police firing also. Among the demands were immediate arrest of policemen who opened fire, institution of criminal cases against them and lifting of cases against persons named in the FIR by the police on charges of attack on Sarai PS.
A delegation from Jandaha, Kartaha, Patepur, Mahua and East Champaran met district magistrate Jitendra Srivastava and SP Upendra Kumar Sinha and submitted a memorandum.
DM Vaishali said, the district administration had already provided financial assistance of Rs.70 lakh as per rule to the bereaved family of Paswan, who was killed in police firing at Sarai. “I have assured the delegation, that their demands for job and compensation of Rs.10 lakh would be sent to the state government”, said Srivastava, adding that police had attacked the property of the accused in the gang rape case.