| An anti-riot vehicle parked outside the residence of the Madhubani district magistrate on Sunday. Picture by Ravi Bhaskar
Patna, Oct. 14: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today postponed his Adhikar Yatra to Bhojpur and Buxar to personally monitor the developments in the Madhubani police firing incident in which two persons were killed.
“The chief minister’s Adhikar Yatra has been deferred in view of an emergency meeting with top police and administrative officers to take stock of the situation in Madhubani, which witnessed a public outcry over handing over a headless body of a schoolboy and subsequent police firing,” a senior officer posted at the chief minister’s secretariat said.
The postponement of Nitish’s Adhikar Yatra triggered clashes among the JD(U) workers at Ara in Bhojpur.
This is the second time this year that the chief minister deferred his visit to Bhojpur. He had to call off his Seva Yatra on June 6 because of large-scale violence at Ara in the aftermath of the murder of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh “Mukhiya”.
This time, Nitish cancelled his trip and conducted a marathon two-hour meeting at 1 Aney Marg with chief secretary A.K. Sinha, principal home secretary Amir Subhani and director-general of police Abhayanand. The government decided to recommend a CBI probe into the alleged abduction of a teenaged girl and her boyfriend Prashant, both residents of Madhubani.
It also decided to amend its earlier decision regarding transferring the former Madhubani superintendent of police (SP), Saurabh Kumar, to Kishanganj, replacing Ranjeet Kumar Mishra, the new SP of Madhubani.
In place of Saurabh, Patna SP (rural) Manoj Kumar has been made the SP of Kishanganj.
Manoj was sent to Kishanganj, considered sensitive from the security point of view, by a special helicopter so that he could assume the charge with immediate effect. But the government had to rectify its earlier order as Saurabh’s appointment as Kishanganj SP evoked sharp criticism from different quarters. People alleged that instead of taking Saurabh to task for the lapses, the government rewarded him with a plum posting because he was a blue-eyed boy of an influential ruling party politician. Madhubani, meanwhile, remained largely peaceful today though the death toll in the police firing went up to two after Ravinder Yadav, one of the three critically injured persons, succumbed to injuries on the way to Patna Medical College and Hospital.