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RJD, BJP workers clash in Patna

PATNA

Several people were injured in a violent clash between Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in the Bihar capital on Wednesday, a day after I-T raids in connection with alleged ‘benami’ property deals involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family.

“RJD and BJP 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 raised slogans with abusive language against top leaders of the rival party,” a police official said.

The clash took place in front of the BJP state headquarters office on the busy Birchand Patel Marg near the I-T square in the heart of Patna.

“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 RJD workers, hundreds of angry BJP workers staged a protest by blocking the Birchand Patel Marg, demanding action against RJD workers.

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

Indo-Asian News Service