Stir against price rise turns violent in Bihar

The bundh call was given by the RJD and the LJP to protest the Centre’s decision to hike the prices of petroleum products as well as to protest the ‘misrule’ of the Nitish Kumar government.

Reminding people of the ‘jungle raj’ during Lalu-Rabri era, activists of the RJD thrashed several vehicle owners, who dared to come out of their residence.
Stones were pelted on cars, while window panes of trucks and buses were smashed on national highways.

Railways too bore the maximum brunt, as tracks were blocked at different places. As a consequence, several long-distance trains remained stranded at various junctions.
Schools and colleges remained closed. Even private offices recorded a thin attendance.
In capital Patna, Lalu and Paswan led from the front and spewed venom on the UPA as well as the National Democratic Alliance before courting arrest. Later, the leaders were released.
“Both Lalu and Paswan have served as Railway Ministers, yet their supporters made several trains the soft target,” lamented Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while ridiculing the two leaders.
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