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HC issues notice to Bihar government over traffic closure for human chain event

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PATNA: The Patna High Court today issued notice to the state government asking it to explain why all the National Highways and State Highways should be closed for human chain programme on January 21.

The court issued the notice while acting on a petition filed by the Forum for Public Interest Litigation.

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“The government should explain under which law traffic on all NHs and SHs will remain suspended for the human chain programme,” the court of the acting chief justice Hemant Gupta asked.

The court also asked the government to explain about the participation of the school children in the event. The matter will come for hearing on Thursday again.

The court issued the notice acting on complaint that all the roads will remain closed for close to two hours for the human chain programme against liquor ban scheduled on Saturday.

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The state government, it may be noted here, has planned for world’s biggest human chain formation to promote prohibition. More than 20 million people are scheduled to participate in the human chain.

The idea, a brainchild of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, is aimed at promoting liquor prohibition which the state imposed last year.

Authorities said the 11,292 km-long human chain formation on the earth spreading from east to west and north to south would be photographed by satellites, drone cameras and helicopters.

Of the total over 20 million people who will be joining hands together to extend support, thousands of them will be children from 71,000 schools. To make the programme a success, the state government is working overtime.

The government believes world’s longest human chain will give a new identity to Bihar.

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