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NRC-NPR apprehensions: Researchers prevented from conducting survey in Darbhanga village

According to Biraul Sub-divisional police officer Dilip Kumar Jha, the Lucknow-based research team had come to conduct the survey to aid research on political and social issues.

By: Express News Service | Patna | Published: January 27, 2020 4:02:33 am
NRC protest, NPR protest, NPR survey, NRC survey, NPR survey in darbhanga village, bihar news, patna news, indian express news Local police took copies of the researchers’ Aadhaar cards and let them go. (Photo: S K Jha)

Amid apprehensions surrounding NRC and NPR, residents of a remote village in Bihar’s Darbhanga district on Sunday prevented a group of 13 researchers from carrying out a survey on behalf of the Yale University.

According to Biraul Sub-divisional police officer Dilip Kumar Jha, the Lucknow-based research team had come to conduct the survey to aid research on political and social issues.

Jha told The Indian Express: “Thirteen Lucknow-based scholars, including four women, visited Jhagarua village in Jamalpur police station area on Thursday morning. They were from a team run by Lucknow’s Dr Shekhar Singh. They asking people about government scheme benefits and they were carrying a questionnaire on rating various political parties. Some villagers became suspicious.”

Jha said the researchers were not allowed to conduct the survey and the local residents informed police. Police later brought them to the police station. “We took photocopies of their Aadhaar cards and let them go. They were not held hostage but were prevented from conducting any survey,” said Jha.

He said the team had not informed police before starting the survey. “Since we saw 3-4 similar instances in Darbhanga town, we immediately responded and were convinced with the research team’s explanation.”

A senior police officer said nobody had misbehaved with the researchers.

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