No Respite from Riots, Protest; Anti-Reservation Group Observes Bandh

Anti-reservatoin protest in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Riots, hooliganism continued in Patna and elsewhere in Bihar for the third time in last ten days as anti-reservation crowd, a little over a week after pro-reservation forces observed a nationwide bandh in support of their demands leading to acts of violence and tough police reaction throughout the country, took to the streets demanding scrapping of reservation in academics and jobs to make playing field level for all.

Patna: Riots, hooliganism continued in Patna and elsewhere in Bihar for the third time in last ten days as anti-reservation crowd, a little over a week after pro-reservation forces observed a nationwide bandh in support of their demands leading to acts of violence and tough police reaction throughout the country, took to the streets demanding scrapping of reservation in academics and jobs to make playing field level for all.

In Patna, protestors blocked busy intersections on Ashok Rajpath, Kargil Chowk, Dak Bungalow Crossing, Station Road, and Income Tax Roundabout and forced shop-owners to down their shutters. They also pelted stones at police constables who resorted to mild lathi charge to control the mob.

Things got extremely tense when a pro-reservation and an anti-reservation group clashed with each other on Ashok Rajpath forcing the policemen to call in anti-riot vehicle and additional back-up to chase the trouble-makers away.

At least three persons were injured in the melee.

Reports of violence were also received from other places in Bihar including Ara where protestors blocked the railway tracks and damaged several vehicles in the area. They also clashed with pro-reservation groups that led to injuries to at least a dozen persons.

Senior police officials were monitoring the area to ward off any more trouble.

As reported here before, riots broke out in Patna and elsewhere on April 2 when the pro-reservation groups backed by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), and Congress observed Bharat Bandh to protest against a recent Supreme Court decision that they alleged was intended to dilute the existing Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Act.

This was followed by yet another battle between the protestors and the law enforcement officials when students of Patna University on Monday during the swearing-in ceremony of the student union leaders at the Wheeler Senate Hall on Ashok Rajpath.

Several students, including a Magadh Mahila College student, were injured in that melee as well.

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