Police Rains Batons on Upendra Kushwaha's Supporters

Police lathi charge on RLSP activists in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Police in Patna on Saturday rained batons on the supporters of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) who had a staged a march to the Raj Bhawan to protest against 'unparliamentary' words expressed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar against their leader and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha.

As reported, the Chief Minister on Friday had used the word 'neech', or lowly, to describe Kushwaha's insistence on having more seats than three as an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA in the 2019 Parliamentary polls.

As Kushwaha's followers arrived at the busy Dak Bungalow Crossing, they were stopped by the Patna police. As it happens nearly hundred percent of the time in similar situations, instead of retreating, the protestors began clashing with the law enforcement officials. They threw stones, bricks, and other objects eventually leading the police to resort to lathi charge.

Men and women of all ages were chased and beaten up with batons. Several protestors were hurt in the incident.

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) activists, talking to the media later, said that they were assaulted by the police despite them engaged in a peaceful rally but police had a different story to tell.

Kotwali police station in-charge Sanjay Kumar said that one of the protestors slashed a cop's hand with a sharp object. Only then, the police jumped into action and opened lathi charge on the mob, he said adding several policemen were also hurt in the incident.

RLSP national general secretary Malti Singh Kushwaha, calling today's incident shameful, said today's assault on their workers was with the approval of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the RLSP will hold a protest dharna in Patna on Sunday.

Kushwaha also slammed Kumar calling today's incident an attack on democracy.

"These people were not making any trouble. The march was peaceful. Was it really necessary to lathi-charge on women and elderly people. What kind of democracy is this?" the Central Minister, who is frustrated with the NDA's insistence on giving only three tickets to his party, same as the last time, said.

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