Railway property again bore the brunt of students ire in Bihar as All India Students Association (AISA) members on Saturday vandalised property in several places to protest the attack on Biharis by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Mumbai.
During the dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by AISA, the students wing of CPI-ML(Liberation), supporters entered the Gaya-Kiul passenger train at Sheikhpura, detached the engine from the bogies and forced the driver to take it a few kilometers away, Railway sources said.
Five agitators were taken into custody.
At Darbhanga police had to thrice canecharge AISA activists, deputy superintendent of police Parvez Akhtar said. Six of them was taken into custody.
In Begusarai the agitators blocked NH 28 and 31. More than 50 persons were taken into custody. But in Patna, life remained unaffected with schools open and business establishments doing normal business.
The Jharkhand High Court on Saturday declined to hear MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s plea seeking transfer of the case lodged against him from Jamshedpur lower court to Mumbai.
The court, however, on request of Thackeray's counsel, Pandey Neeraj Rai, fixed November 14 as the next hearing for the case.
Thackeray also sought the court's directive to stay the trail court’s proceedings on the ground that a criminal case for the same offence had already been lodged with the Maharashtra police and the latter were investigating the matter.