New Delhi, Aug. 13: RJD MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today asked the Centre to send paramilitary forces to Bihar alleging the state government’s failure to control violence in Nawada and Bettiah.
“Nawada and Bettiah in Bihar are under curfew. People from the minority community are being killed and their shops looted. The law and order situation is out of the state government’s control. It is the central government’s responsibility to send paramilitary forces to control the situation,” Singh told the Lok Sabha, intervening during the question hour in the morning.
Trouble erupted in Nawada on Saturday after an altercation between a group of kanwariyas hailing from Saran and some residents at a roadside dhaba (eatery) along the NH-31 near Gondapur. A youth injured in the police firing succumbed to injuries in Patna on Sunday.
Another report said a police vehicle was set on fire by a mob in the district headquarters of West Champaran.
The RJD MP’s allegation of the state government’s failure invited protest from the JD(U) members, who rushed to the Well of the House. Singh, however, continued to speak in the din.
“Minority community members are being killed and looted. The state government has proved to be total failure. The central government should intervene to stop a communal violence,” he said.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad had given a notice to raise the issue of violence in Nawada and Bettiah. Singh was allowed to raise the issue, as Lalu was not present in the House and the MP pointed out he too was signatory to the notice.
Nawada remained peaceful today after three days of violence. No incidents of arson or group clashes were reported. The administration, however, did not lift the curfew as a precautionary measure. Nawada sub-divisional officer Diwan Zafar Hussain Khan said police are keeping a tight vigil on the situation. He said: “We may think of giving some relaxation in curfew from Wednesday, but any final decision would be taken after assessing the ground situation.”