Angry flood victims assault official over lack of flood relief as death toll climbs to 92 in Bihar
THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN EAST CHAMPARAN DISTRICT OF BIHAR
PATNA: Angry villagers in Bihar held hostage a government official in Bihar and also allegedly assaulted him to protest against lack of flood relief.
Floods have affected over 66.76 lakh (6.67 million) population settled in 1,107 panchayats across 12 districts of Bihar. The continuing floods have also killed 92 people so far.
Reports said the circle officer was retuning to Chiraiya block office from Motihari in east Champaran district when angry flood victims protesting on the streets mobbed his car, dragged him out, roughed him up and also allegedly assaulted.
The officials somehow saved his life by hiding inside a shop.
TV grabs showed the baton-wielding villagers holding the official by his neck and moving through the street while crowds of flood victims armed with bamboo sticks shouted slogans.
Flood victims have resorted to angry protests in various districts of Bihar, blocking roads and roughing up officials and leaders.
They have alleged the flood reliefs are not reaching them and even if the cooked food being provided to them, they are not even worth eating.
“How can you expect us to eat the cooked food being provided by the government? Even my goats have refused to eat them,” a flood victim told a local media.
Floods caused by rain-fed rivers have brought untold miseries to villagers settled in 12 districts. So far, more than 1.14 lakh population have fled their homes to take shelter in government-run relief camp although the total affected population has crossed over 66 lakh.