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Bihar bandh: Sporadic violence by Agnipath protestors amid tight security

Jun 18, 2022 01:39 PM IST

Internet services have been suspended in 12 districts in Bihar in view of the bandh while section 144 has been imposed in some districts

The Bihar bandh called on Saturday in support of the defence job aspirants’ demand for a rollback of the Centre’s Agnipath scheme witnessed sporadic incidents of violence in the state amid tight security arrangements by the police even as youngsters mostly stayed away from protests following security alertness.

Police try to douse burning tyres during the Bihar Bandh, called in protest against the Centre's Agnipath scheme, in Patna on Saturday (PTI)
Police try to douse burning tyres during the Bihar Bandh, called in protest against the Centre's Agnipath scheme, in Patna on Saturday (PTI)

Political parties such as the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) have backed the students’ call for the Bihar bandh. The impact was mixed and students apparently did not want their agitation to become a political tool. The police have booked over 325 students for the large-scale arson during the past three days in which 60 rail bogies were torched and railway property vandalised.

More than a dozen vehicles parked outside Taregana station were set on fire, besides railway premises including the station master’s cabin and others. Reports from Jehanabad district said that that army aspirants and bandh supporters torched a bus and truck which were parked near Tehta police outpost. The two vehicles have been seized by the police in separate cases. Brick batting incidents were also reported from Tehat area of Jehanabad.

In Arwal, protestors attacked an ambulance and thrashed his driver mercilessly. In Munger, protestors attacked Tarapur block development officer’s (BDO) vehicle and damaged its windscreens between Tarapur-Sultanganj road. In Patna, some protestors used buffalo to block Dakbungalow intersections. They came from Hajipur on buffalo.

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Activists from political outfits came out on the roads, blocked vehicular traffic, burnt tyres and disrupted vehicular traffic at different locations across the state.

Additional director general (law and order) Sanjay Singh said, “So far, no untoward incident has been reported from any part of the state during the bandh. The police headquarters is monitoring the situation. Police forces including 30 companies of Bihar special auxiliary police (BSAP) and 10 companies para military forces have been deployed at some sensitive locations and railway stations as a precautionary measure.”

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Reports of road blockades, including National Highways, processions, protest marches and arson came from Siwan,

Ahead of the bandh call, DMs, SSPs and SPs led flag marches in their jurisdictions.

Internet services have been suspended in 12 districts while section 144 has been imposed in Siwan, Samastipur, Gopalganj, Katihar etc.

The east central railway cancelled over 319 passenger and Mail/Express trains on Saturday.

Considering that a large number of trains were hit, the ECR announced waive-off for the cancellation charges of the reserved tickets.

“Scores of passengers were affected due to obstruction in train operations. Therefore, on humanitarian grounds our staff provided water and food to passengers at stations”, said chief public relation officer, Birendra Kumar.

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