Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Bihar government on the issue of police lathi-charge the Bihar government on Thursday defended the lathicharge. It said that the irate mob of teachers were throwing stones at the police personnel, putting their lives in danger.
According to the government they were planning to snatch firearms from the police and also trying to storm into the State Assembly premises by breaking a barricade at R-Block on Tuesday.
Incidentally, R-Block is about 250 metres from the main gate of the state Assembly.
Giving a statement in the State Assembly during the post-lunch session, State Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, who is also in-charge of the State Home Department, told the Assembly that the contractual teachers were not heeding to any request from the senior civil and police personnel to exercise restraint despite their congregation near R-Block was declared illegal.
He said that two MLAs, Sachindra Prasad Singh from Kesaria and Surendra Mehta from Begusarai, who were going to the State Assembly to participate in the proceedings of the House, were also not spared by the para-teachers. The minister alleged that that the para-teachers damaged their vehicles too. However, both MLAs reached the House anyhow.
Major Opposition parties, including the RJD and the Congress, stayed away from the House when the Minister was giving the statement.
Meanwhile, the entire Opposition including an Independent member, Som Prakash, marched to Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to an officer in absence of Governor Devanand Konwar to register their protest. The Opposition members urged the Governor to intervene in the matter and direct the State Government to concede genuine demands of contractual teachers.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Abdul Bari Sidiqqui and other Opposition members in their memorandum alleged that the male police personnel thrashed the female teachers in a very barbaric way as their was no arrangement for female cops on the spot.
Both the leaders of teachers union and Siddiqui alleged that the police had itself set on fire its own vehicle and smashed glasses of vehicles belonging to the contractual teachers.