Bihar, Jharkhand respond to ‘anti-north’ violence
Hundreds oF Bihari students who arrived from Mumbai after being assaulted by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists laid siege to Patna junction on Tuesday, reports HT Correspondent.patna Updated: Oct 22, 2008 01:14 IST
Hundreds oF Bihari students who arrived from Mumbai after being assaulted by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists laid siege to Patna junction on Tuesday. They went on a rampage and vandalized the office of the deputy station superintendent (commercial). Movement of trains on Delhi-Howrah main line under Danapur railway division remained paralysed since morning.
A group forced their way into the office of the assistant station superintendent and damaged the furniture and wind glasses. The furniture was thrown on the railway track. They also threw coolies’ trollies on the track to disrupt movement of trains.
Their demand: A centralised examination centre for all railway examinations either in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh or Bihar; the immediate arrest of Raj and proper security for Bihari students appearing at examination centres outside the state. They also wanted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad to come to Patna junction to listen to their grievances.
An FIR was filed against Raj Thackeray after some students recorded statements with the police about death of one candidate — Pawan Kumar (25) — in a train accident at Andheri and about the attack by MNS workers.
Railway Protection Force personnel opened fire in the air to quell the unruly mob, which attacked their barrack adjacent to the station.
The chief minister has announced a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh for Kumar’s family.
The terror of Sunday’s attack on “outsiders” in Maharashtra were felt two days later miles away at Nilidih in Jamshedpur.
A mob, including members of the Bharatiya Bhojpuri Sangh attacked the house of N.B. Borwankar, head of Tata Motors’ Jamshedpur plant and a native of Maharashtra.
Their target was Borwankar but when they didn’t find him at home, the mob ransacked his house.
The senior officer has been in focus due to his alleged pro-Marathi activities. Recently, BJP and JMM leaders had raised a hue and cry after the local management allegedly issued departmental notices in Marathi. BJP legislator Raghuvar Das has alleged that while locals were being laid off, the plant head had hired around 300 Marathi workers and employed them at the Jamshedpur plant.
Police see today’s incident as a reaction to the attack on Bihari candidates in Mumbai by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supporters. “Those involved in the attack have not been identified as yet. We have begun search for the culprits and their leaders. An FIR is also being lodged,” said SP Naveen Kumar Singh.
On Monday, a mob had allegedly threatened several people at the Maharashtra Hitkari Mandal, a cultural organisation at Bistupur, to leave the city.
The Tata Motors management termed the incident “unfortunate” and “absolute unnecessary”. “We want a police investigation into the incident,” said company spokesperson Captain PJ Singh.