Police detain Kushwaha Samaj supporters during a protest march in Patna on Saturday. (PTI photo)
Police resorted to lathicharge in Patna on Saturday when around 500 people were moving towards Raj Bhavan to protest against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s “uncharitable” remarks on RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha. More than a dozen RLSP supporters were injured.
Last week, when asked about Kushwaha’s claims of Nitish saying he would not to remain CM beyond three terms, the CM had said “the discussion should not be brought to such neeche (low) level”. Kushwaha later asked how he could be “neech (low-bred)” when he and Nitish came from same social background.
While mainstream RLSP leaders did not attend the protest march, several groups affiliated with All India Kushwaha Mahasabha joined in. As protesters gathered at Dak Bungalow Chowk, police tried to stop them and later resorted to mild lathicharge. While RLSP leaders claimed that more than 50 people suffered injuries, hospital records said around a dozen people had been admitted with injuries.
Kushwaha said: “While the Bihar government has not been dealing effectively with criminals, it has been beating up protesters. I am pained at the suffering of those injured in the bestial lathicharge.”
RLSP spokesperson Jitendra Nath said: “The police action shows the government is fast losing its grip on people.”