By Dheeraj Kumar
Buxar: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had a providential escape today when an irate mob pelted stones on his convoy during the fourth phase of his ‘Vikas Sameeksha Yatra’ (development review journey) at Nandan Panchayat in Nandan village in Buxar district.
The mob started pelting stones on the convoy when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not visit the Dalit tola at Nandan village. Nitish was rescued safely but JD (U) legislator from Buxar, Dadan Singh Yadav aka Dadan Pehlawan, and some security personnel were injured in the attack. Pehalwan said that windowpanes of several vehicles which were part of the convoy were broken in the attack, albeit the CM himself escaped unhurt.
The police said that video recordings of the incident were being verified and action would be taken against guilty people on the basis of it.
Peeved over the incident, the Chief Minister ordered a high level probe into the attack on his convoy.
In a public meeting at Dumraon, Nitish said that everybody had a right to protest in a democratic society but law should not be taken in hand for the purpose.
“I will hold an inquiry to find out reasons which were responsible for persuading villagers to indulge in such type of an act,” he remarked.
In an oblique reference to the Opposition parties, CM said, “People who do not like development, they provoke simple people to indulge in such type of an act”.
The attack on Nitish’s convoy has triggered a fresh bout of verbal duel between leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Senior BJP leader and state Health Minister Mangal Pandey said that the attack on the convoy was a well-hatched conspiracy. He said that the attack deserved condemnation in the strictest possible term. He asserted that the attack was a sponsored programme of Opposition, indirectly referring to the RJD.
Pandey said attackers are inspired by a particular party and pitched for a high level probe into the assault. He said that political parties which had been pushed into oblivion due to ‘storm of development sweeping across the state’ are now engineering attack on CM by using Mahadalits as their weapon.
Not to be left behind, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad`s son and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav said that the CM had been greeted with protest, demonstration and angry slogans ever since he launched his development review journey. Condemning the attack on CM’ convoy, Tejaswi said that he had said in the beginning itself that Nitish should have a re-look on his own personality and political character before undertaking such a journey.
“Entire government machinery is engaged in suppressing facts in a very clever manner so that reports about anti-CM protests during his development review journey could not get media coverage,” he remarked.