Patna: Thousands of RJD supporters in Bihar disrupted rail and road traffic on Saturday while trying to enforce a statewide shutdown as part of a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed nationwide NRC. done. In the capital Patna, hundreds of party supporters entered lathis and railway stations and bus stations with party flags, but were repulsed by policemen. Children were also included in the party supporters. In Nawada, bandh supporters demonstrated on National Highway 31. They burned the wheels on the road there, disrupting the movement of vehicles.
The protesters also demonstrated at Zero Meal Chowk in Muzaffarpur. There have been reports of bandh supporters sitting on the railway tracks in Araria and East Champaran districts. Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said, “Adequate forces were deployed in all the districts of the state and asked to deal strictly with anyone trying to create trouble in front of the authorities concerned.”
The Left parties had called a statewide bandh just two days before the Bihar bandh called by the main opposition parties. The RJD had earlier called for the bandh on December 22, but in view of the police recruitment examinations on Sunday, it called for a bandh a day earlier.
On Friday night, RJD workers led by Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav took out a march in the city with a torch in their hands to garner support for the bandh. He described the bandh as “an exercise to protect the Constitution from attacks by the Narendra Modi-led government at the Center”. Yadav had said, “It will be a peaceful demonstration, but if the state police commits any kind of excess then it will be answered.”
Hundreds of RJD activists set fire to the train going from Patna by burning fire on the railway track at the court station. At the same time, tires of many vehicles were fired on NH 83, due to which the vehicles stopped operating and there was a long queue of trains on NH. At the same time, the band of workers from the district office has turned around in the city to close the shops.
RJD activists blocked the Ramashish Chowk here and protested strongly against the NRC bill and the new citizenship amendment law. During this, bandh supporters also caused arson and uproar on the streets. Due to this, the movement of vehicles on the road from Patna to Hajipur-Muzaffarpur and Chapra has stopped.