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Chaos inside Bihar assembly: Clash between RJD workers and police over the new Draconian Law

Bihar State government introduced Bihar Special Armed Police Bill.

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PATNA:  On Tuesday, the Bihar state government introduced Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 in State Assembly which was passed amid uproarious scenes in the Assembly and heated protests outside by the Opposition against what they termed as “draconian” law, and now it will be tabled in the Legislative Council.

In the morning, on Tuesday, a press conference was held by Yadav and he announced that he would be leading a gherao of the Vidhan Sabha premises while on the floor of the House an adjournment motion was moved by his party legislators over the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021.

The House assembled before 11 am, slogans were raised by the opposition legislators in protest against the bill.

A large number of RJD workers in the meantime, led by Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav and some other MLAs, gathered at the JP Golambar in the vicinity of the Gandhi Maidan from where they marched in a procession towards the Vidhan Sabha premises, about three kilometers away.

In the Assembly, Loud protests were staged by the RJD legislature and they were even preventing the Speaker from entering the House at one point.

Yadav had also tweeted the famous Urdu couplet, before leading the march,  ‘sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai, dekhna hai zor kitna baazu e qatil mein hai’, dropping enough hints that he was bracing for a do-or-die battle.

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In the view that procession having been taken out by the RJD workers led by the Leader of opposition without seeking permission from the administration and the agitators not following Covid-19 norms like wearing of face masks, a huge contingent of police was deployed along the route.

The RJD leaders were stopped by the police at the Dak Bungalow crossing, and they retaliated by pelting the security personnel with stones. Water cannons were pressed into use following which the agitators began to disperse. The state capital streets were left in turmoil from the clash.

At noon when the Vidhan Sabha again reassembled, there were again seen uproarious scenes that shook the Vidhan Sabha again as the opposition’s adjournment motion was rejected prompting the Speaker to adjourn the proceedings till 2 pm.

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Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who holds the Home portfolio, has said that “a specially trained force” is needed “in order to strengthen internal security”.

The Bill seeks to convert the existing Bihar Military Police (BMO) into a special armed force that can be deployed to secure industrial units on the lines of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

But, the Opposition pointed to the contentious Section 7 in the Bill that empowers the newly constituted force to arrest any person and search anyone’s premises without a warrant, on the basis of suspicion. According to the rules so far, only the district police have the powers to conduct arrests.

Tejashwi Yadav said: “A careful reading of the proposed Bill and opinion of legal experts show the Bill can forfeit courts’ authority to take cognizance of complainants arrested by the proposed special armed police force. The Bill seeks to change the name of Bihar Military Police (BMP), which has 21 battalions, to Bihar Special Armed Police (BSAP).”

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Former Bihar minister and JD(U) spokesperson and MLC Neeraj Kumar said: “There has been an unnecessary row over the Bill. A specialized police force would only lessen our dependence on central forces.”

Tejashwi took to Twitter later saying: “MLAs were beaten up in the House. Unemployed youths were beaten up on the streets. After becoming a third-grade leader of a third-grade party, Nitish Kumar has become a victim of mental bankruptcy.”

 

FIR against Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap after RJD leaders clash with cops

A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged in Bihar on Wednesday against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, and other unnamed party workers, news agency ANI reported.

Other opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Trinamool Congress, and the Shiv Sena have also joined the RJD in condemning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Janta Dal (United) (JD-U) government in Bihar over Tuesday evening’s incident.

 

In a joint statement, the parties stated: “This is an unconstitutional bill that effectively transforms the police force into an armed militia to harass, suppress and a crackdown on academics, activists, journalists, the political opposition and all those who dare to speak truth to power.”

 

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