The BJP has alleged that one in every of its leaders died after police in Patna fired tear gasoline shells, used water cannons and resorted to a lathicharge to cease occasion employees from marching to the Bihar Meeting as we speak. The march was a part of a large protest organised by the occasion in opposition to the “corruption” carried out by the Nitish Kumar-led state authorities.
Whereas BJP MP and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi claimed the occasion’s Jehanabad district normal secretary died on account of accidents suffered within the “brutal” police lathicharge, authorities on the Patna Medical School Hospital mentioned there have been no exterior accidents on the physique.
The police have additionally claimed that the lathicharge and different measures grew to become essential because the protesters threw stones and crimson chilli powder at them.
“Arrested by Bihar police in Patna. Jehanabad dist GS Vijay Kumar Singh died in brutal police lathi cost,” Mr Modi tweeted.
The superintendent of the Patna Medical School Hospital confirmed the BJP chief’s dying however hospital authorities mentioned he was introduced useless and there have been no exterior accidents on his physique. They mentioned solely a autopsy will reveal the precise explanation for dying.
Union Minister of State for Residence Affairs Nityanand Rai mentioned, “Vijay Singh sacrificed his life for the rights of the folks of Bihar and to make sure that they get justice. The state confirmed barbarity by ordering a lathicharge and authorising using tear gasoline resulting in his dying. The federal government ought to resign.”
“BJP Members of Parliament, MLAs and employees have been injured within the lots of and are admitted in several hospitals,” he added.
When it was identified to him that the Patna District Justice of the Peace just isn’t confirming this, Mr Rai mentioned he needs to be requested whether or not he’s trying on the scenario via the eyes of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav. “The folks will ask these questions of the District Justice of the Peace, Nitish ji and Tejashwi ji,” Mr Rai mentioned.
The occasion’s protest, which began from Gandhi Maidan in Patna, was in opposition to corruption and the federal government eliminating the domicile requirement for the recruitment of academics.
The BJP bought extra ammunition for its corruption allegations after Tejashwi Yadav was named within the CBI chargesheet within the land-for-jobs rip-off on July 3. The rip-off includes folks allegedly being given employment within the Indian Railways from 2004 to 2009 – when Lalu Yadav was the railway minister – in return for land parcels being gifted or bought at low-cost charges to the Yadav household.
Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav have been on the forefront of efforts to unite the opposition and had organised the mega 16-party assembly in Patna final month.
The BJP and Mr Kumar have been at loggerheads ever since he snapped ties with the occasion final 12 months and fashioned a authorities with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress. After the rise up within the NCP, BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi had mentioned earlier this month that the occasion won’t settle for Mr Kumar into its fold at any price, even when he “rubs his nostril” on its door.