Samastipur bandh passes off peacefully – Times of India

SAMASTIPUR: The CPI-ML sponsored Samastipur bandh over three incidents – killing of Jitendra Malakar in alleged police firing at Tajpur, murder of Tajpur-based businessman Janardan Thakur and kidnapping of Monika, a teenaged girl of Rajkhand village – passed off peacefully across the district on Monday.

Police took into custody some agitators from places under Town police station, but later released them.

The CPI-ML activists took out processions in the town and blocked road near the sadar SDO’s office where the party’s politburo member Dhirendra Jha, district secretary Umesh Kumar, RYA district president Surendra Prasad Singh, AIPWA district president Bandana Singh and several others addressed the people. They alleged that police, instead of improving the ever deteriorating law and order at Tajpur and in other parts of the district and arresting the criminals involved in heinous incidents of crime like murder and kidnapping, had decided to commit atrocities on the innocent people. Dhirendra Jha cautioned police against harassing party workers by implicating them in Tajpur-related cases.

The CPI-ML activists demonstrated at Hasanpur, Bithan and Mahe Singhia also, demanding compensation to bereaved families.

Meanwhile, netas of different political parties have made a beeline for Tajpur to sympathise with the bereaved families of Jitendra Malakar and Janardan Thakur and the relatives of the girl who was kidnapped.

CPI-ML MLA Sudama Prasad, Bihar state president of BJP and MP Nityanand Roy, Lok Janshakti Party MP Ramchandra Paswan and several Congress and RJD netas called on the aggrieved families and sympathised with them.

Secretary of Samastipur College Teachers’ Association Prabhat Kumar has demanded immediate recovery of the kidnapped girl and punishment to the cops who allegedly opened fire on the agitating people at Tajpur on Friday when they were demanding the arrest of those involved in the murder of Janardhan Thakur.

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