PATNA: The Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) headed by Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav has announced to observe “black day” in Bihar tomorrow to protest “brutal lathi-charge” on its workers during a protest rally in Patna on Monday.
“The way the police resorted to brutal lathi-charge on our unarmed workers protesting against corruption and attacks on Dalits, is highly condemnable. It is a direct assault on our democratic set-up. Perhaps, the government wants to silence voice of the people,” state JAP president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha told the media today.
The announcement comes a day after the police resorted to caning, used water cannons and also lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesting JAP workers trying to enter Bihar assembly, witnesses said. The protest was led by JAP chief Pappu Yadav himself.
Reports said the JAP workers were moving to ‘gherao’ (surround) the state assembly on Monday when the police stopped them from moving forward.
Angry workers then allegedly attacked the police, prompting the latter to retaliate. As the situation finally went out of control, the police resorted to lathi-charge and used water cannons to scare away the mob. The police also lobbed teargas shells as they refused to retreat.
“The police beat up our party workers while they were peacefully protesting. I condemn the police action,” JAP chief and parliamentarian Pappu Yadav told the media after the incident, adding their fight against such mafia would continue.