Gaya police said they arrested three youths based on a breath analyser test and found alcohol in their blood samples beyond permissible limit.
Atul Kumar Singh alleged that a book published by Patna-based Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) through its Member Secretary Shaibal Gupta and endorsed by the Bihar Chief Minister, was a plagiarised version of his research project.
Rabri Devi said, “The security was revoked at 9 in the night. See what the govt is doing? It is a conspiracy to get me and my family killed.”
PM Narendra Modi said the sanitation and cleanliness drive was a people’s movement and it was the largest such campaign in any country.
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District officials took the stand that the clash couldn’t be called “communal” because it was primarily a clash between police and those in the procession. But Anandi Prasad, senior VHP and Bajrang Dal functionary, claimed that the first stones were thrown by Muslims.
In an apparent reference to a spate of communal flare-ups witnessed recently in the state, Kumar also made it clear that the rule of law will be upheld under his watch.
For the BJP, the pre-eminent party in the country and part of the ruling alliance in Bihar, it is important that it reprimand and take strong action against party members who attempt political mobilisation on grounds that are against the letter and spirit of the Constitution.
Since July 2017, when the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar broke its alliance with the RJD-Congress and went back to the NDA, there have been 200 incidents of communal tension, as many as 64 this year alone.
Also named in three FIRs: BJP district spokesperson, an ABVP leader, an RJD youth leader, four Muslim councillors; most of those booked are aged 30 or below.
The chief minister came down heavily on the opposition accusing it of trying to fish in troubled waters. “If you stall the proceedings of the House over such developments, you end up accentuating social tensions,” he said.
The chief minister also said his government had ensured communal harmony and betterment of all communities and that he strongly believed in “taking all sections of the society along”.
The lawyer has sought cancellation of Nitish Kumar’s membership of the state Legislative Council in accordance with the Election Commission’s 2002 order that it was mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits.
“The voters have rejected ‘double engine’ governments of NDA at the Centre as well in Bihar. Hence, Nitish Kumar should tender resignation,” leader of Opposition Tejaswi Yadav said.
“People are feeling suffocated and waiting for a change of government at the Centre as they believe that they made a blunder in 2014,” Sharad Yadav said.