Leader of the Opposition Rabri Devi and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad have protested the “traffic blockade” on Circular Road every Monday when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holds his Janata Darbar.
The protests came immediately after their son Tej Pratap, on his way home from school in a car without a beacon, was stopped by security personnel. Circular Road is closed to normal traffic every Monday when the chief minister holds court at 1, Anne Marg.
As soon as news reached Rabri Devi’s residence, she rushed to the spot with a group of RJD supporters. The supporters later uprooted the makeshift tents and shouted anti-government slogans.
The security personnel have alleged that the railway minister’s son had thrashed a cop after he was stopped at the barricade. Additional Director General of Police (HQ) Abhayanand said that some homeguards were dragged into the Lalu-Rabri residence and manhandled. “The provocation came from Lalu’s son who manhandled the cops,” alleged Kusheshwar Singh and Pramod Kumar Sharma, the two homeguards jawans.
However, Rabri Devi denied this. “Neither my son, nor anybody from our side created any nuisance. We simply asked them to let my vehicle pass,” she said. “It was the security men who used unparliamentary language against me and brandished a baton,” Tej Pratap said.
Lalu Prasad said he spoke to Senior Superintendent of Police Kundan Krishnan, who apologised for the incident and assured that he would set things right. Both the RJD leaders complained that it is a ‘curfew-like’ situation on Circular Road every Monday, when the CM holds the Janata Darbar.