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CBI probe demand

The Samir Hingora kidnapping case rocked the Assembly on Wednesday again with the BJP pressing for a CBI probe into the whole episode.

Leader of the Opposition, Nand Kishore Yadav, waved two newspapers, including The Telegraph, which had statements of Hanif Hingora, Samir’s father, who was released after payment of Rs 9 crore in Bihar. “After this, we demand that there should be a CBI probe into the matter,” he said.

For the second consecutive day, the question hour remained disrupted as the BJP pressed for adjournment over the plight of farmers in the state. “The question hour is the hour of MLAs. Let them have it,” appealed the Speaker stressing that schoolchildren were viewing the proceedings from the visitors’ gallery and they would return with a bad impression.

The government on Wednesday laid bare the mechanism it has evolved to implement the food security act in the state — admittedly the first one to implement what is referred to as UPA-II’s flagship programme — in the Assembly.

Replying to a debate on the budgetary demand of his department, food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak said the government had introduced the doorstep delivery system at the expense of Rs 388 crore to ensure delivery of foodgrain to the beneficiaries.

“The government has evolved the supply chain management, fully computerised and transparent. It has also introduced the GPS system — more advanced than that of Chhattisgarh — to constantly track the transportation of grains,” Rajak said.

The government has introduced toll-free number (1800-3456-194) to enable the beneficiaries lodge complaints regarding irregularities.

Zamil Akhtar and Manzood Dewan, the two residents of East Champaran district, on Wednesday turned up at the Assembly to submit their petition to chief minister Nitish Kumar. Both were accused of having links to terror outfit and also having proximity with minister Shalild Ali Khan.

Both belonging to Phulwariya panchayat of Dhaka block in East Champaran district were found talking to Independent MLA Pawan Jaiswal who had brought them to the Assembly. Jaiswal represents Dhaka in East Champaran district.

The intelligence wing of the SSB had sent a letter to the police headquarters in January this year, saying both having alleged link with Indian Mujahideen operatives and one of them had even gone to Pakistan in January 2013 and stayed there for 20 days.

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