Upendra Kushwaha, Supporters Lathi-Charged in Patna

Police lathi-charge on Upendra Kushwaha's rally in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and former partner in the NDA Upendra Kushwaha experienced the wrath of lathi-toting policemen in Patna on Saturday when his party, during an anti-NDA rally, ran into a wall of cops on its way to the Governor’s residence, a no-entry zone.

The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) had organized the ‘Aakrosh March’ on Saturday to highlight Nitish government’s failure to improve standard of education in Bihar despite the fact that Kushwaha was the Human Resources Minister for State in the Narendra Modi administration just a few months ago.

Leading the procession to coincide with the birth anniversary of late Kushwaha leader Jagdeo Prasad, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief, accompanied by hundreds of lathi-wielding supporters, were stopped by the Patna police at the Dak Bungalow crossing. This enraged Kushwaha supporters who began attacking the men in uniform.

Police then retaliated by first using water cannon on the protestors but when that failed to stop them from making advance, police then resorted to lathi charge in which many RLSP leaders, including Upendra Kushwaha, were hurt.

Many people, including Kushwaha, were taken to the hospital and later released. Though showing visible sign of being shaken up by the incident, there was no sign of him actually being injured. “Doctors have taken him to take rest,” said a party leader.

Calling it a ‘black day’ in the history of Nitish administration, Kushwaha accused the government of using the police force to crush the voice of the opposition.

“Our march was peaceful and there was no need for the use of force. Nitish Kumar and the NDA is afraid of the Mahagathbandhan and that is why it is trying to suppress free speech in the state,” the former NDA leader said.

Meanwhile, JD-U leader Ajay Alok pooh-poohed Kushwaha’s ‘injuries’ saying there was no sign of him being hurt but he was doing his best to milk the confrontation with the law enforcement officers to score political points.

“If the rally was peaceful as Kushwaha is saying then why were they carrying batons in their hands,” Alok said.

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