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- Created on Saturday, 01 September 2012 15:13
Patna: It was excruciating; just painful if you lived in Patna and tried to go from one part of the city to another on Friday and you didn't happen to be carrying a flag or a banner of some political outfit.
People of Patna, completely taken hostage by the Communist Party of India (ML) activists, many summoned from neighboring blocks for the sole purpose of increasing the head count, Dai-Naukar Sangh, and other special interest groups with their own set of demands, remained stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on major roads for several hours under scorching sun with no sign of relief for over four hours.
The section between Dak Bungalow Crossing and Income Tax Roundabout, traffic came to a complete crawl as protestors blocked both intersections to publicize their demands while ignoring the convenience of those who simply wanted to get to their homes or work places without having to undergo such intense endurance test.
The worst affected were the school kids who remained trapped inside their school buses with nowhere to go and no sign of help from the district administration.
The situation once again highlighted the failure of the traffic police that, with their outdated 'lathi' and a whistle in their mouth, proved to be totally ineffective in managing the movement of the vehicles or removing the protestors from the key areas that are considered to be the lifeline of the state capital.
While the CPI-ML was flexing its muscle by daring the police to arrest them in a desperate attempt to make their 'Jail Bharo Abhiyan' successful, the Dai-Naukar Sangh accused the Nitish administration of ignoring their plight and failing to keep its electoral promises.