Opposition blames Nitish for police firing deaths (Lead)

June 6th, 2011 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, June 6 (IANS) The opposition parties in Bihar Monday blamed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the four deaths in police firing in Araria district last week.

Four people, all from poor families, were killed and over a dozen others were injured June 3 when police opened fire at a group of protesters in Forbesganj, about 350 km from Patna.

Nitish Kumar has recommended a judicial inquiry into the incident.

“The government has decided for a judicial inquiry into police firing,” Nitish Kumar said Monday.

According to a district administration official, hundreds of people were protesting a street being blocked by a starch factory being set up near their village. The demonstration later led to police firing.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the main opposition party, has decided to send a fact-finding team to Forbesganj.

RJD state president Ramchandra Purve said his party will submit the team’s report to the National Human Rights Commission, the central government and Governor Devanand Konwa.

“Four innocent poor people were killed by police when they were protesting silently… and it is a barbaric act by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is more sensitive and concerned about anything happening outside the state… The RJD will expose his double face over the issue,” Purve told IANS.

Congress leaders have demanded registration of a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code against the police officials.

“Congress workers will protest till the state government registers a case and removes Araria police superintendent of police,” Congress leader Ranjeet Ranjan said.

The Lok Janshakti Party and Left parties also threatened to protest if the state government failed to take stern action against the policemen involved in the incident.

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