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RJD, BJP workers clash in Patna, several injured

IANS  |  Patna 

At least half a dozen persons were injured in a violent clash between RJD and workers in the capital on Wednesday, a day after IT raids in connection with alleged "benami" property deals involving RJD chief and his family.

"RJD and workers clashed violently by attacking each other with bamboo sticks and pelted stones at each other in which some of them were injured. They also shouted slogans with abusive language against top leaders of the rival party," a police official said.

The clash took place in front of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state headquarters office on the busy Birchand Patel Marg near the IT square in the heart of

"The two sides clashed for nearly half an hour in the presence of police officials, who hardly intervened initially and did not use force to control the situation. The police became active only after the situation went out of control," an eyewitness, who owns a pavement tea shop, said.

After police dispersed the Rashtriya Janata Dal workers, hundreds of angry workers staged a protest by blocking the Birchand Patel Marg, demanding action against RJD workers.

The protest started when a group of Chatra (student) RJD workers, holding an "Akrosh march" to protest against the IT department raids on 22 locations involving Lalu Prasad, reached near the office.

They shouted slogans against the and their leaders. In response, some workers came out of their office and shouted counter slogans.

The RJD workers expressed their anger against senior leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who has addressed several press conferences in the past one month accusing Lalu and his family of "benami" property and corruption.

Later a group of workers tried to attack the RJD office, located not far away from the office, but police dispersed them.

RJD workers shouted slogans like 'Ki goondagardi nahi chaalegi, Sampardayik aur Fascistwadi hai hai'.

But when workers started shouting slogans like "Lalu Chor hai" "Charaa Chor hai", "Lalu ko jail bhejo", the RJD workers got angry. Some RJD workers pelted stones, as alleged by workers, after which both sides indulged in a free-for-all with bamboo sticks, bricks and stones.

Hundreds of armed police officials were deployed to control the situation, a senior police official said.

Reacting to the violence, Sushil Modi said that RJD goons had attacked the office.

"It clearly shows the desperation of the RJD and its top leaders Lalu and his two sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, both ministers in the government led by Nitish Kumar," he said.

However, the RJD leaders claimed that a "silent" march of RJD workers was attacked by the near its office.



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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 14:26 IST