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Bihar: BJP Demands Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Resignation After Party Worker's Death

The opposition party in Bihar alleged that the police lathi-charge during the Vidhan Sabha march was a pre-planned conspiracy of the state government. They claimed that one of their party leaders died allegedly due to police lathi-charge during march

BJP MLAs wear black scarves to protest against police action on party supporters during their Vidhan Sabha March
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The BJP slammed the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and demanded his resignation after a party leader died allegedly in a police lathi-charge in Patna. A four-member BJP committee met injured party workers at a hospital in Patna today, days after a march was organised by the party against the Nitish Kumar government.

The opposition party in Bihar alleged that the police lathi-charge during the "Vidhan Sabha march" was a "pre-planned conspiracy" of the state government to instil fear among people and prevent them from holding protests for their rights and justice. "It was pre-planned to beat BJP workers on July 13 or rather to kill them. Suddenly route (of the protest) was changed and tear gas, water cannon, and lathi charge were used..." BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said. A delegation of BJP leaders, led by its state unit chief, also met Bihar Governor R V Arlekar to lodge a protest against Bihar Police’s “excesses”.

Bihar Police claims Singh was not killed in lathi-charge

The Bihar Police has claimed that Singh was not killed in lathi-charge as he was not present at the protest site in Patna when the police action took place, a PTI report said citing a police statement.

"Preliminary investigation and scrutiny of CCTV footages of different locations have revealed that Vijay Kumar Singh, who was a native of Jehanabad, had never reached the Dak Bungalow roundabout where the lathi-charge took place," said the statement issued by Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra late on Thursday.

BJP state president Samrat Choudhary was quoted as saying by PTI, "Vijay Kumar Singh was very much present at the protest site and he died due to police brutality." He further alleged that the police acted according to the CMO's directions. 

Both Houses of the Bihar Legislature were adjourned sine die on Friday after a deadlock between the opposition and the state government over several issues including the new teachers recruitment policy of the 'Mahagathbandhan' government, alleged corruption and growing unemployment in the state. 

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