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RJD did not take permission for public meeting: Bhagalpur DM

Bhagalpur district magistrate clears the air after RJD leader and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav squat on a midnight dharna, protesting the decision not to allow his public meeting at Sabour.

cities Updated: Aug 17, 2017 14:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patna
Bhagalpur district magistrate,RJD leader,Tejashwi Prasad Yadav
RJD workers, led by former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, staging dharna at Bhagalpur, on Thursday. (HT photo )

The Bhagalpur district administration has denied that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ever sought permission for former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s proposed public meeting at the Sabour high school ground on Thursday.

Defending his decision not to grant permission for the event, Bhagalpur district magistrate (DM) Adesh Anand Titarmare told HT on phone that the party had merely ‘informed’ the district administration about the meeting. “It did not take the mandatory clearance for the purpose of holding a public function from the police station concerned,” he said.

With the Bishari puja, a local festival from August 16 to 19, coinciding with Yadav’s function, the DM said it was not possible to depute the required number of magistrates and security personnel for the public meeting.

Titarmare also drew upon a Supreme Court order to defend his decision to impose prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code on the school campus, preventing assemblage of more than four persons. He said in compliance of SC guidelines, the education department had issued a directive not to hold non-education programme on government school campuses on working days, except during elections.

He scotched allegations by partymen that Yadav, who was the leader of opposition in the Bihar legislative assembly, was not provided an accommodation at the circuit house.

READ: Denied nod to hold public meeting at Bhagalpur, Tejashwi sits on midnight dharna

“The senior superintendent of police (SSP) and I had communicated to his office that there was a room reserved for him (Yadav) in the circuit house. However, seeing his convenience, we had also made alternate arrangement at the guest house of the Rajendra Agiiculture University,” Titarmare signed off.

Protesting the district administration’s decision, Yadav sat on a two-hour midnight dharna at the Ambedkar roundabout near the Bhagalpur railway station till 3.30am on Thursday.

Yadav, who is on a statewide Janadesh Apman Yatra — a campaign against chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) for betrayal of public mandate — is in Bhagalpur to expose the multi-crore government fund transfer scam, involving the Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti, an NGO.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 14:01 IST