The BJP raised the deteriorating law and order condition in the state in both the Assembly and the legislative council on Friday and, for the first time, the government agreed it was “worried”.
“There have been about half a dozen train dacoities in the past two months. Bank loots are taking place on a day-to-day basis, apart from road robberies. The police have made no recoveries. I am concerned because one of the main accused in the Patna blasts case had said they financed their operations through loots and robbery. The government should be concerned,” leader of opposition in the Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said during zero hour.
Water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said the government is also worried over the spurt in train robberies and other crimes. “The government is concerned and investigations are on,” he said. He stressed that a detailed discussion on the issue could take place on Monday when a debate on budgetary demands is scheduled.
In the state legislative council, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi rattled out dates of at least three train robberies, two road robberies and a number of bank dacoities. “The Shatabdi Express dacoity took place 20 days ago but no arrest has been made. Criminals are having a free run ever since the RJD and JDU have come together,” he remarked as the BJP staged a walkout.
Later, talking to mediapersons, Modi reacted to former chief minister Nitish Kumar’s statement that the BJP was scared about the JDU and RJD coming together. “We are not scared of the RJD and JDU coming together. Instead, Nitish has scared the people of Bihar with the return of jungle raj,” he said.
In the Assembly, responding to a question by the BJP’s Prem Kumar, health minister Ramdhani Singh denied that the paediatric surgery ward at PMCH had been shut down. “The ward is functional. Till date, there have been 24 major and 47 minor surgeries,” the minister said.
He, however, conceded there was shortage of faculty members. Against the sanctioned strength of seven, only two doctors were working in the ward.
“It is difficult to get qualified doctors for the ward,” he said but stressed he was trying to fill up the vacancies. The BJP MLA said PMCH was in a far better condition when BJP ministers were in charge of the health department. “Its services have gone for a toss ever since the BJP moved out of the government,” he said.
In response to a question by the BJP’s Sanjay Singh Tiger, finance minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav denied that a cable fault detection machine given to Pesu at Rs 55 lakh was lying unused.
“The machine was transferred to Pesu by Power Grid Corporation after laying of underground cables. The machine is still being used,” he said. However, he agreed that the machine needed maintenance.