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Rohtas fort skip irks party worker

Patna, Nov. 16: A JD(U) woman leader felt that chief minister Nitish Kumar should have visited Rohtas fort in Pakistan during his Pakistan tour this week.

The party’s Kaimur women’s cell president, Anuradha Krishna Rastogi, had written a letter to Nitish on October 30 urging him to visit the fort although it was not on his itinerary.

Legend has it that Rohtas fort in Pakistan, built by Sher Shah Suri, has close resemblance with the one in Rohtas district for its prowess to withstand enemy invasion.

She said, on phone from Kundra in Kaimur district, on Friday: “The people of undivided Shahabad — comprising Rohtas, Kaimur, Bhojpur and Buxar — would have been happy if the chief minister visited the fort, which symbolises Bihar’s unity with Pakistan.”

A senior official, who accompanied the chief minister, however, said it was not possible to include the fort as it was not on Nitish’s schedule.

“The schedule was cleared by the ministry of home affairs at least a month in advance,” he said on condition of anonymity.

On the historical importance of Rohtas fort in Pakistan, a former head of Patna University history department Bharti S. Kumar said it was built by Sher Shah in 1541 after he defeated Mughal emperor Humayun in the battle of Chausa.

“The fort was built on the bank of Jhelum to block the return of Humayun and suppress Gakhars. Gakhars were allies of Humayun, who had fled to Iran after his defeat at Chausa. Both the forts are splendid examples of Indo-Islamic architecture,” she said.